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“My sincere condolences to the family of Wayne Reese, especially to my friend, Benelia. May God Bless all of you! ”
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“Wayne was a very dedicated Scouting volunteer. You could always count on him to do something for the district or council to help others be successful...Read More »
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“Wayne was a fellow member of the Catawba Valley Wildlife Club and I considered him a good friend. As kitchen committee chairman he was responsible...Read More »
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Wayne Henderson Reese, 76, of Newton, passed away February 20, 2013 at his residence. Born June 11, 1936 in Catawba Co., he was the son of the late Harvey Aser Reese and Margaret Wilson Reese. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Reese and wife Cecelia of Statesville, NC. Mr. Reese was a devoted member of Zion Lutheran Church located in Mt. View, serving on the church council, as a member of the Lutheran Men in Mission, and on various other church committees. His profession was in the furniture industry working as a wood carver for Southern Desk and finishing his career as Plant Manager of Drexel Heritage – Plant #45. He was very involved in the community but his first priority was being a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years and served as Scout Master of Troop 238 for 25 years. While in scouting he received many awards and remained active in scouting's honor society the Order of the Arrow. He was a past president of the Catawba Valley Wildlife Club and was currently serving as the kitchen committee chair. Mr. Reese also served on the board of directors for the Fairbrook Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Benelia Yoder Reese of the home; son, Kevin Wayne Reese and wife Karen of Hickory; daughter, Amy Reese Latham and husband Terry of Hohenwald, TN; grandchildren, Jacob Reese and Leah Reese of Hickory, Sawyer Latham and Kayley Latham of Hohenwald, TN; brothers, Harvey Reid Reese of Connelly Springs, NC, Steven Reese, and wife Van Delia of Catawba, NC, and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday, February 22, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bass-Smith Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. View with pastors John Woodard and Beth Woodard officiating. The body will lie in state from 1:30-2:00 PM. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Boy Scout Troop #238 or to Zion Lutheran Church Restoration Fund both at 1911 Zion Church Road, Hickory, NC 28602. Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Wayne Henderson Reese.

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