Larry Bates Reed, 86, of Flintstone, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 13, 2013. He had lived in the North Georgia area for most of his life and attended Solid Rock Baptist Church. He was a Navy Veteran of W.W. II and was a member of the Iron Workers Union Local #704 for more than 50 years. He had also devoted a lot of his own time playing the role of Santa Claus for more than 12 years for many local schools and businesses within the North Georgia area and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas and Elizabeth Kay Reed; his wife, Virginia Ann Drake Reed and several siblings.