William Kenneth Reece
Mr. William Kenneth Reece, 77, of Ellijay, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, after a seven month battle with cancer.
He was born June 24, 1938, in Gilmer County to the late Willie and Thelma Reece and has two sisters, Jerri Stephens and Bobbie Bruce.
He is survived by wife Judy Reece, who stood by his side for 58 years. He had three sons, Keith and Lesa Reece, Kevin and Jennifer Reece, Kris and Bryde Reece, all of Ellijay. He had eight grandchildren, Joshua and Amber Reece, Rachel and Joshua Dobbs, Rebecca and Joel Cummings, Whitney and Kayleigh Reece, Kris and Chloe Reece, and James Wigington. He also had seven great-grandchildren, Addie and Averi Reece, Asher Reece, Karissa Dobbs, and Mackenzie, Alexander and Owen Cummings. He had many cousins, nieces and nephews, most of whom live here in Gilmer County. He will be greatly missed by many friends and family members alike.
He was a very dedicated man. He began his adult life by first serving in the U.S. Air Force for five years and then with Delta Airlines for 32 years. He also served two local churches as a trusted deacon, Bible Baptist and Pleasant Grove Baptist, spanning a time of over 50 years.
He was a man of character who will be greatly missed by many. If you ever met him you were most likely impacted by him. He would reach out to help anyone in need, give great advice and could fix almost anything. Our society has lost a good one, but earth’s loss is heaven’s gain. For now he resides with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Dan Rosser and the Dr. Rev. Keith Reece officiating.
Music was by Alan Davenport, Dan Rosser and the church choir.
Pallbearers were Ron Floyd, Jack Case, Loy Jarrett, Bob Limburg, Kent Sanford, Charles Nealey, Keith Bost, John Olmstead, Tom Mathis, Felton Long, James Loudermilk and Gene Trotter.
Interment followed in the Yukon Cemetery.
Condolences can be made at www.bernhardtfh.com.
Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.