Reid Lamar Folsom Jr., 83, of Beech Tree Farm at Amissville and Centreville, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2018, at Lake Manassas Health and Rehabilitation Center. He died from complications of Parkinson’s and a fall on May 15. His wife, Anita Ramos was holding his hand. They had been married 11 years, together 28 years.
Reid was born December 5, 1934, the only child of Reid Lamar Folsom Sr. and Mamie Pearl Seay Folsom. He was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Because of a birth injury, Reid had limited use of his right arm. His parents divorced when he was in his teens. His mother lived with him most of her life.
Reid was a forester. He earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1959 and obtained a master’s from Auburn University.
He worked for St. Regis Paper Co., planting thousands of pines in Louisiana and Alabama. He taught agricultural and biological sciences at Wayne Technical Institute in North Carolina. He was superintendent of The Duke Forest. At Duke, he was given the opportunity to serve his nation as an intelligence officer in the Defense Intelligence Agency. For 22 years, he was honored to help protect our nation.
Upon retirement, he set out on new adventures. He brushed up on his land management background. His company, Polaris created strategic plans for new businesses. He worked as a private detective for RDA and a security and credit card fraud investigator for Macy’s at Tysons Corner. He combined his horse and land management knowledge at Dominion Saddlery and later at Southern States.
He performed insurance inspections on horse farms and kennels from Virginia to Delaware. He was an excellent lecturer, giving talks on barn fires and horse identification to horse clubs and fire departments from British Columbia to Virginia. He taught courses in horse farm management and horse ownership through the U.S. Trail Ride. He wrote numerous articles for horse magazines and newspapers. Through his farm consultant business, he helped hundreds of horse people from Virginia to Georgia by evaluating prospective properties into functional horse farms. He showed his clients the ecological advantages, for both the land and animals, of rotational grazing.
Always continuing his education, Reid attended horse and farm classes and seminars in Virginia and Maryland. As a member of the Rappahannock class of Holistic Management International, he deepened his knowledge of caring for the land.
Reid’s active involvement in the former Capitol Hill Equestrian Society (CHES) led him to meet his future wife, Anita Ramos. As Anita prepared for retirement, they found their Rappahannock County farm, named Beech Tree Farm. Reid planned the layout and supervised the building of a garage/apartment and a barn. They began growing Virginia native trees and shrubs. Eventually, they sold more than 40 species at local plant shows. He was an expert in educating customers and matching them with the right plant. The farm gave him great joy.
Reid and Anita very quietly eloped to the Inn at Meander Plantation. They were married in the garden on June 2, 2007. That night, thousands of fireflies appeared in the surrounding fields to celebrate the newlywed’s day
Rita and Anita are long time members of the Ashland Bassets, a foot hunting club in Warrenton. They were awarded colors in the 2001-02 season and recently received the Galloway Plate for their support of the club. He was a past member of the American Horse Council, Virginia Horse Council and the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association
He held his Alabama Registered Forester card for over 40 years. He was a member of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Rappahannock Association for the Arts, Piedmont Environmental Council and the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection.
Reid served 12 years on the Virginia Animal Disease Traceability Working Group. For Rappahannock County, he wrote a paper on alternative sewer systems and participated in the county Water Supply Plan. For over 15 years, he attended the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission meetings. He loved Rappahannock, her people and her land.
Reid enjoyed many activities, he ran various sports cars in local rallies, did some competitive shooting and hiked the Shenandoah National Park. But, it was horses that became a large part of his life. He owned Florida bred Chet’s Lasting Image (Chester). He took several memorable pack trips with Jim Brink Outfitters in Gypsom, Colorado. He also took tracking classes from human tracking expert, Joel Hardin, proudly receiving his Apprentice Tracker certificate.
Their lives were filled with horse-related activities. Their favorites were Rolex, Kentucky, the Atlanta Olympics (eventing), Great Meadow (arena polo), Old Dominion Races, the Western National Stock Show (Colorado), Upperville and Warrenton Horse Shows, the Washington International Horse Show and many other Virginia/Maryland horse expos and festivals.
Reid was a member of the Silent Generation, dedicated to working hard and serving others for the common good. He served his nation, community, many students, clients and customers. He also grew trees and saved many a lady in distress.
Reid is now reunited with his dear mother, Mamie Pearl; his beloved horses, Chester and Walter Mitty and cockatiel, Leura.
My “Cowboy” leaves at home, their horse, Cpl. Radar O'Reilly, and two parakeets, M’Lady and Lucky Boy. He also leaves behind his Seay family: Aunt Violet G. Seay, Lake City, Florida; Cousins Sam W. Seay (Carole), Titusville, Florida, Sam Rudland (Linda), Flagler Beach, Florida, Robert Rudland (Marian), Broomfield, Colorado, William Rudland (Sue), Dahlonega, Georgia, Esther Seay Thomas, Holly Hill, Florida, Patricia Seay Benson, Charlotte, North Caeolina, W.J. Seay III, Guam, Patricia Seay Benson, Pfafftown, North Carolina, and Dr. Wm. J. “Jay” Seay III (Susan), Islamarada, Florida.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, at Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton. Burial will be private at Beech Tree Farm.
In lieu of flowers, please, plant a Virginia native . Donations can also be made to the Ashland Bassets, Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center (at Virginia Tech), or INOVA Foundation. Lastly, thank a career federal government employee or military member, both those currently serving and those retired, for their care of our nation.