Renee Lorraine Reed-Knight was born on May 22, 1955 to Lorraine Marie Walker (deceased) in Brooklyn N.Y. She was raised by her mother and loving stepfather Dolphus Walker Sr. (deceased.) Renee was very fond of her birth father Leroy Hayes (deceased.) She was especially close to her brother Michael Reed and her sister Darlene Pond who both preceded her in death. Renee departed this life on January 31, 2014. She is the 4th child of 8 siblings. Renee grew up in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, N.Y. She was educated in the NYC Public School System and attended P.S. 289, JHS 210 and she graduated from Sheepshead Bay High School. Shortly after graduating, Renee became employed by BlueCross/Blue Shield. After several years, she went on to work for the NYC Board of Education/NY Police Department School Safety. It was at School Safety that she met and became dear friends with Shirley Kirkland. They worked together for years and developed a sister bond. Shirley looked out for Renee and Renee looked out for Shirley. Renee retired from NYPD School Safety in the year 2001.
Renee was affectionately nicknamed Pixie by her Aunt Margaret. Everyone in the neighborhood knew her by that name. She learned the responsibilities of the cares of life and was taught to care for her siblings at an early age. She loved all of her brothers and sisters. She extended acts of kindness towards them till the very end of her life. Pixie didnt have much of a childhood but in-between chores she would sneak around the corner with her childhood buddy Audrey and they would ride Audreys bike through the Laundromat. They would steal time to get a quick skate, jump rope and sometimes play jacks. They took special delight in sneaking to the candy store; and her friend taught her to blow bubbles with bubble gum and how to tie her shoes. As she grew up she also shared a special bond with her lifelong friends Brenda and Renee. Many days were spent together as they approached adolescence and began to meet boyfriends. Miss Mosleys house was the common meeting place where she met Ronnie whom she still affectionately called Brother Ron.
Renee was the mother of one daughter, Lorraine Renee Grant. She took special care nurturing her child. She was very protective and made sure that she was surrounded by the best care possible. Pixie has two granddaughters, Kayla and Kiana. She adored her grandchildren. The girls affectionately called her Nannie. They looked forward to spending summers with her in New York. Like a good grandmother, every year Pixie made sure that the children had all of the school supplies that they needed. Pixie was proud of the way Lori instilled proper educational values in her children. Lori saw to it that they attended the best of schools. She was also very proud of how bright they were. She admired their academic aptitude and their skilled sportsmanship. Just as her mother had a positive influence on her, Pixie had a positive influence on her daughter and grandchildren. Nannie left a Godly impact on them by taking them to church and sharing the things of God. As a result they were all baptized.
In 1977 Pixie moved to Starrett City/Spring Creek Gardens in Brooklyn, NY. She resided there for 34 years. Renee was well known and acquainted with her neighbors. It was there that she met and became good friends with Cassandra Bolden. While living in Brooklyn, Renee met the Lord and became a member of Christian Cultural Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. where Rev. A.R. Bernard is the Pastor and founder. She was a member there for over 20 years.
In the year 2011, Pixie migrated to Ocala, Florida where she acquired her dream home. In Ocala, Pixie was invited by a friend to New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church. It was here that she got involved in the work of the ministry. She willfully volunteered to work wherever help was needed. She demonstrated the scriptures Ecc. 9:10 Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might and Col. 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily unto the Lord, and not unto men.... Renee donated to many of the charitable causes that New Covenant participated in. She also thoughtfully donated to the Fathers Day Brunch, just to name a few. She was excited, and faithfully attended the Abrahamic Covenant Bible Study each week. Renee believed in supporting the ministry with her finances. The scripture declares in Matt. 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also
Pixie was deeply inspired by the uplifting messages preached by Pastor Jacobs. She always spoke of how her soul was spiritually fed after hearing his sermons. She developed a special love for First Lady Jacobs who embraced her with loving arms. She was deeply touched through the Outreach Ministry by the members who diligently prayed for her aunt Margaret for more than a year. Pixie found a treasure in New Covenant and made many friends there. She will be greatly missed for her kind heart, gracious spirit and vibrant expressions of fashion.
Pixie departed this life in the comfort of her beautiful home shortly after participating in a 31 day prayer consecration called "Prayertime on the Prayerline." Pixie was a faithful participant. At 6am every morning and 10pm every night, without fail, she would call requesting prayer for her loved ones. When Audrey didnt hear her voice on the prayerline, it was because she had gently slipped away. She would always bid you farewell by saying, "Love, love
Have a blessed and a safe one." And this is exactly how she went to be with the Lord. How befitting it is, that we say farewell to Pixie on Valentines Day. The day set aside to celebrate "Love." She left us just the way she lived, with a lot of love; and traveling safely. We look forward with great expectation to seeing her again when Christ comes for His own. As Pixie would say "Love, love
Have a blessed and a safe one."
She leaves to cherish her memory and await the rapture: One daughter, Lorraine Renee Grant; two granddaughters, Kiana Grant and Kayla Grant; five brothers, Richard V Reed, Ronald Reed, Dolphus Walker, Derrick Walker, Dwayne Walker; one sister, Theresa Walker; one brother-in-law, Lawrence Pond; two sisters-in-law Gail Walker, Maggie Walker; her loving extended family Audrey Mosley-Marcus and Ron Marcus, Brenda Pulley, Shirley Kirkland and Cassandra Bolden; a host of other relatives, friends and the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church family.