Stanley Eldon Reed was born on August 1, 1951, in Milan, Tennessee, and grew up in in Marianna, Lee County, Arkansas.
He earned a B.A. in agricultural engineering in 1973 and a J.D. in 1976 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Governor Mike Huckabee appointed him to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees in 1998. With his experience as both a lawyer and a Marianna-based cotton farmer, Reed became the president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation in 2003. He also served on the boards of Simmons National Bank, the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Reed passed away on July 15, 2011.