Clyde Anderson Reece

Tuesday, October 8, 1929 - Saturday, December 25, 2021

A Wonderful Husband, Father and Papaw

Photo of Clyde Anderson Reece  - 1929-2021


At the break of Christmas Day, we felt the angels singing, “He is now at peace and comfort will come, gently to the hearts of those he loved.”

Canton- Our hearts are heavy, as we have lost a man that has been a blessing to so many throughout the 92 years of his full and wonderful life. Clyde Anderson Reece peacefully passed away at his home on December 25, 2021 with his loving family at his side.

Clyde was born in the fall season of October 8, 1929 at Big Creek in the Lake Logan Community of Haywood County and was the son of the late Ira Luther Reece and the late Lucy Love Inman Reece.  During his younger years he grew up at the Presbyterian Children’s Home in Black Mountain and later graduated from Black Mountain High School. Mr.Reece was a United States Navy veteran having honorably and proudly served his country.  He was employed at American Enka Corporation in the research department where he retired with 30 years of dedicated service. His great love for the outdoors and being among the mountains where he was born and raised continued all throughout his life, as Clyde enjoyed hunting and fishing and also gardening during the summer seasons. He was indeed a man who gave back to his community and during his 70’s and 80’s he served as a volunteer with Haywood Habitat for Humanity constructing many homes for families in our area. A man of strong faith, Mr. Reece was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Waynesville. We shall always treasure the wonderful memories of Clyde Anderson Reece and the example that he has been to his family and his many friends. He has been a blessing in our lives each and every day.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and six sisters.

Surviving are his loving wife of 67 years, Betty Clontz Reece of Canton; a daughter, Karen Sluder ( Randy); sons, Scott Reece (Wanda) and Gary Reece; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Reece.

 A celebration of life service to honor and remember Mr. Reece will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, January 8, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville. Reverend Riley Covin and Reverend Holly Davis will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Reece to Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families, Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711

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

Condolences from family and friends

So sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Julia Clark
Gary and Family The Pisgah Class of 1980 would like to extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad
Pisgah Class of 1980
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Clyde was a wonderful man and a great friend to everyone at First Presbyterian church.
Judy Bryson
I am sorry for your loss. Each of you are in my thoughts.and prayers during this sad and difficult time.
Debbie J. Lewis
Karen I’m so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Know he was loved dearly. Here for you.
Patsy pace
Iam so sorry to hear of Clyde’s passing know Betty you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Belinda Cable
Condolences to Betty and the family. Clyde is out of pain and with our Lord. May his memory be a blessing.
Anita Desmond
Touch lots of people for good.
Hugh Dixon