William Frank Reese
William Frank Reese
  • October 23, 1984 - June 24, 2017
  • Locust Grove, Georgia

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Our beloved William Frank Reese, age 32, went to be with the Lord on Saturday June 24, 2017. He was born in Anderson, South Carolina on October 23, 1984. He lived there for fourteen years before moving to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from high school in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in 2003. In 2006, William and his family moved to Locust Grove, Georgia. William began his college education at East Stroudsburg University in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. After two years, he transferred to Clayton State University where he graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and was on the Dean’s List. He was a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology, Psi Chi. He was also a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Anderson, South Carolina.

William was a blessing sent from God to his family, and to all those who knew him. He was blessed with an abundance of gifts from God. He loved being outside and going for walks and hikes. William enjoyed gardening, and he possessed a special talent for growing plants and flowers.

William was a natural born athlete. As a child he played multiple sports, including basketball, baseball, soccer, and football. He swam year-round with the Anderson Swim Club. He excelled in swimming and won several medals, including a state championship. He loved to play golf where he was a member of the Anderson Country Club, and he participated in tournaments sponsored by Anderson Junior Golf Association. William was a member of the Stroudsburg High School Golf Team. He continued to play golf into his adult life. William enjoyed health, fitness, and lifting weights.

Also, William was a very talented pianist. He took piano lessons from the time he was six years old until the age of eighteen. This talent was exemplified by his participation on an annual basis in the South Carolina Piano Festival and the FallFest Audition where he received superior scores for his piano playing and memorization. In addition, he performed at piano recitals at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. William was judged at the Moravian College Piano Festival where he received an excellent rating. He also performed in the Stillman Kelley Competition at East Stroudsburg University.

Another gift that William possessed was the ability to make friends with everyone he knew. He loved to tell jokes and make others laugh. Some of his best features were his heartwarming and charming smile and the mischievous gleam in his eyes. William had a heart of gold and would always help anyone in need. He loved to spend time with his two cats, Nubee and Olivia.

He worked at AnaSteel and Supply Company in Ellenwood, Georgia. His ambition was to pursue a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology. He desired one day to have a family.

William was the beloved son of Ronald and Marla Reese of Locust Grove, Georgia and the brother of Kathleen Reese of Duluth, Georgia. He is also survived by his aunts and their families, Tina Stanford of Atlanta, Georgia, Belinda Glisson of Augusta, Georgia, and Caroline Kays of Charlottesville, Virginia; Uncle Donald Reese and his family of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by many cousins.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Gwendolyn and William Henry Stanford, Jr. and his paternal grandparents, Benjamin and Lois Reese, his Aunt Patsy Davall, and his two cats, Gwyneth and Tuxedo.

The family will receive friends at Haisten Funeral Home on the evening of Friday June 30, 2017 from 6:00 until 8:00pm. Funeral services for William Reese will be in the chapel at Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough, Ga on Saturday July 1, 2017 at 11:00am. Pastor Dave Riley will officiate. Following the chapel service, interment will be at Eastlawn Memorial Park in McDonough, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, or Overdose Lifeline, Inc. Arrangements are under the direction of Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough (770.914.8833). To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit our website at www.haistenfunerals.com.