Class of 1962
Marie Davis Reese
|Margaret (Marie) Reese, 66, passed
away in the early morning of Thursday, March 24, 2011, at her home in
She was born Nov. 29, 1944, in Paris, Tenn., a daughter of Johnnie Freeman Davis, who worked as a switchman on the L&N Railroad and conductor for CSX Railroad, and her beloved mother, Margaret Anderson Davis. She grew up in Paris and throughout Henry County and graduated from E. W. Grove High School in 1962.
She met her husband, William (Bill) Reese of Spartansburg, while she was working in Memphis and where he was attending lumber inspection school. They were married in Memphis and raised their four children in Spartansburg. Bill and Marie founded the Dutch Treat Restaurant in Spartansburg, which has been an integral part of the community for more than three decades.
Marie was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and a true friend. She valued her faith, family and friendships above all else. She attended Erie First Assembly of God, served as a board member of Women’s Aglow and was a long-time member of a local Bible study group. She truly enjoyed fellowshipping with others and blessing people with her generosity.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Joyce Way Reese of Canadohta Lake; her son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Mitra Amini Reese of Titusville; her son-in-law and daughter, Marty and Sonja Reese James of Leander, Texas; her son and daughter-in-law, Wm. Marc and Mary Loveranes Reese of Meadville; nine of her 11 grandchildren, Nicole Reese, Reza Reese, Reese James, Reagan James, Nathan James, Riley Reese, Liam Reese, Elena Reese and Mia Reese; and two great-grandchildren, David Reese and Shawn Lucas Reese. She is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister, Jerry and Johnnie Davis Bickerstaff of Buchanan, Tenn.; her sister, Brenda Davis Bertschi of Paris; her brother-in-law and sister, Greg and Joy Davis Cruse of Hollow Rock, Tenn.; her brother-in-law and sister, Polo and Carmen Davis Benzor of Memphis, Tenn.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews from her Tennessee roots.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter, Julianna James; and her grandson, Shawn Reese.
Friends may call at Valley View Mennonite Church, 24313 Highway 89 and 77 in Spartansburg, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and attend the funeral there on Tuesday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jerry Lamey officiating.
Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Oil Creek Township, Crawford County.
The family asks that memorials be made to Spartansburg Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 100 N. Spring St., Spartansburg, Pa. 16434.
Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, 303 N. Washington St. Titusville, is in charge of arrangements.
If you would like to leave a condolence for the family, go to garrettfuneralhomeinc.com.
Reprinted from THE PARIS
March 28, 2011 Edition ~ Used by Permission
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