Earl Reece

Monday, August 6, 1934 - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Loved His Family and His Country

Photo of Earl Reece  - 1934-2018


Waynesville-  Earl  Reece, age 83, a man who served his country with honor, a man who loved his family with all his heart and a man who will be deeply missed by many, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Mr. Reece was born August 6, 1934 in Haywood County to the late Raymond Reece and the late Fannie Jane Jones. He had resided in Odessa, Texas 23 years before returning to his Haywood County home in 1997. Mr. Reece was a United States Army Veteran having retired as a Sergeant First Class with 22 years of dedicated and honorable service to his country. During his military career he served in Vietnam and Germany and was a Ranger and Master Parachutist. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal as well as many other citations and medals during his military service.  Earl received his college education at the University of Texas where he received a BA Degree in History, Government and Psychology. Following his college graduation he was employed with Odessa High School in Texas where he was a ROTC instructor and also taught history and government classes. After returning to his beloved home in the mountains Earl became active in many civic and community service projects throughout the area. He was a member of the VFW Post #5198 in Canton, a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and had also served as Past Master of Andy G. Vaughn Masonic Lodge in Odessa, Texas. Mr. Reece had attended Long Branch Baptist Church in Canton. Earl Reece was a proud and courageous man and he has touched many lives with his giving and kind heart.  He shall never be forgotten.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Trantham Reece; a granddaughter, Brandi Lynn Reece; a sister, Emma Jo Henderson and a brother, McArthur Reece.

Surviving are his sons, Terry D. Reece and his wife, Michelle of Odessa, Texas and Bruce L. Reece and his wife, Lesa of Warren, Indiana; four grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a sister, Martha Jane Gass of Fletcher; brothers, Raymond Reece, Jr. of Fletcher, Henry Reece of Candler and Johnny Reece of Canton; his special companion, Betty Everson of Waynesville and a multitude of friends.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, February 26, 2018 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The family will be receiving and welcoming friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Reece family.


Condolences from family and friends


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On behalf of the Vietnam Veterans of America, North Carolina State Council, I wanted the Reece Family know he will be missed. He served his Country in Vietnam and the Vietnam Veterans of America North Carolina State Council with honor and dignity. May you rest in peace Brother Earl. Together then, together again. Allan Perkal
Allan Perkal
Sincerely sorry for your loss. Brother Earl was a dear friend and mentor. Rest In Peace Bro in the big Barracks!!!
Trevor Nash
Dear Reese Framily, Through these times of sorrow, may Grace and Peace be with you thorough the our Lord Jesus Christ. Earl helped form our Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter to receive our Charter in Franklin, NC. Our total Chapter thought highly of Earl, he was a personal friend of mine and helped me as Chapter President to make us very successful. In Prayer, Frank Hunter
Frank Hunter
Earl was true friend and the Heart of the Vets Organizations in Haywood County. He served as the Secretary of the Veterans Council of Haywood for many years. He was always pushing the council members to do more for deceased vets and homeless vets. He was the catalyst for vets participating and marching in a parade for the Haywood County Bicentennial. He was an advocate for Vietnam Vets!!!!!! He was a lifetime HOOK EM Horns Texas Football Fan!!! He deserves to be remembered with a Cross and it planted with other KIA vets on Vets Days. HHHHOOOOAAAAHHH Earl you will be remembered by many vets in Haywood County!!!!!
Col. Jim Coning (Ret.)