In the week that has passed since his death, fans have raised more than $13,000 to pay for Reid’s headstone and proper burial. The You Caring page is still live as the fund raising nears its $14,000 goal.
Virginia B Lawrence, Reid’s sister and spokesperson for the Reid family, posted a message to You Caring, detailing their current financial situation.
“Together with Tom Bowker, Clarence’s manager, we applied for a grant from a prominent music charity to cover Clarence’s funeral expenses,” she writes. “Our award fell far short of the amount needed to give Clarence a dignified burial and funeral. Unfortunately, due to the size of our grant, we are forced to ask fans of Clarence Reid and Blowfly once more for help. Clarence was a musical giant who deserves to be honored. The funeral is in a week and we are on a tight deadline to pay for it and the burial. God Bless you all. Your help is most appreciated.”
Reid will release his final album, 77 Rusty Trombones, next month; he would have turned 77 on Valentine’s Day.