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Fred May Reese Sr.

April 18, 1935 ~ February 9, 2020 (age 84)


Deacon Fred L. Reese Sr., 84 went home to be with the Lord on February 9th, at home after a brief illness.  He was born April 18, 1935 to Jimmy and Aliza Reese in Montgomery, Alabama.

He married Thelma M. Smith on April 1, 1955 and shortly after, they started a family.  From their union they had 5 children.

He worked at Heckaman Buick where he was one of the best car detailers.  After working there, God Blessed him to be hired at Delco Remy, where he worked until he retired.

Deacon Fred became a member of the Anderson Zion Baptist Church under leadership of Rev. J. T. Menifee and was ordained as a Deacon in 1957.  He was a great supporter of North Eastern District where he served as the President of the Brotherhood.  Deacon Reese was one of the founders along with his late Brother Deacon Mack Reese, Sr. of the Indiana Travelers, where he recorded “Bound for Mount Zion” in 1955.

He was known as a “praying man” by many and he truly loved God.  Up until his last days he let the world know how much he loved the Lord, and how much he reverenced Him.  One of his saying to us as children was “God ain’t no play toy, if you want something to play with go to Kmart.  He was also known for his lawn and gardening skills.  He had one of the most beautiful yards in the city, and he also made sure the neighborhood was beautiful by cutting the neighbors yards.

Deacon Reese left to cherish his memory his children; Fred (Sandra) Reese Jr., Peggy Reese, Patricia Reese, and Marvin Reese; six grandchildren; Fred Reese III, James (Kisha) Warner Reese, Jasmine Warner Fresan Reese, Natalie Reese, and Myracle Settles; 10 Great Grand Children; one Sister Frannie Pettus; several nieces and nephew and a host of other relatives.  He also leaves a special son Jimmy (Barbara) Nunn and God Daughters Che Che Hendricks and Rhonda Reese, and Evangelist Shonnie Brooks. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma M. Reese and son Jimmy Reese. 


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