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10/16/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Tom Reese

Thomas Otis Reese
(07 July 1923 - 14 Oct 2012)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1940

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 There is yet more sad news this Tuesday.  Tom Reese, Class of @ 1940, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012 in Hampton at the age of 89. 

   He was the father of Tommy Reese ('61) and Linda Reese Evans, and of the late    Johnny Reese, Class of 1963 (28 May 1945 - 17 June 2007), and the father-in-law of Sallie Ames Reese (Hampton HS - '64) and Bob Evans.

From the Daily Press - 10/16/12:

      Thomas O. Reese


  HAMPTON - Thomas Otis Reese, age 89, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.

He was a native of Newport News and a resident of Hampton since 1963. Thomas was a gifted songwriter and musician, who sang and played with local bands in the 1940's. He dedicated his life to southern gospel music from the 1950's until the 1980's and sang with The Dominionaires, The Virginians, and The Swordsmen.

Thomas is survived by his son, Thomas O. Reese Jr. and wife, Sallie; daughter, Linda R. Evans and husband, Bob; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert E. Reese; and sisters, Mabel Mullen and Alice Thomas.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A celebration of Thomas' life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the funeral home, officiated by the Rev. Robert E. Reese. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
your favorite charity, in memory of Mr. Reese.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.
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Published in the Daily Press from October 16 to October 17, 2012.
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October 16, 2012 
 Uncle Tommy always had a smile and a song in his heart. I remember him coming to our house and playing the guitar and singing for us! He loved to sing! He will be missed, but Heaven needed a special tenor to join their choir! God bless the family!

~ David & Linda Rice, Smithfield, Virginia

October 16, 2012 

Heaven has gained another member for the Heavenly Choir. God said, "I've heard THAT voice before." A happy homegoing for a dear Christian man. You'll be sorely missed, Tom. Keep the singers on key !! Condolences to all the family, may God bless you and give you comfort.

October 23, 2012 

To the entire Reese family: We offer our sincere condolences in the loss of your father, brother and grandfather. I only knew about your loved one as I did not know him; however, knowing Tommy, Jr. in high school, at Chowan College and East Carolina... knowing Robert from N.N.H.S. and sweet Alice Thomas from my work relationship with her husband, Doug......this tells me what a great man he must have been. I only know of goodness and kindness among these family members. My love and prayers are with you.

~ Fred and Patty Mays (N.N.H.S., '60 and '61)

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Reese family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

My Jesus, I Love Thee

Words by William Ralph Featherston (23 July 1846 - 20 May 1873), 1864 - age 16

Music by Adoniram Judson Gordon (19 Apr 1836 - 02 Feb 1895), 1876

My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
for thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

I love thee because thou hast first loved me,
and purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight;
I'll ever adore thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

"My Jesus, I Love Thee" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 11/05/11

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - um, I am unable to locate that information at this time.

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