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In Loving Memory of Rev. John E. Reese

In Loving Memory

Rev. John E. Reese
August 13, 1953 – February 10, 2024

LISA JOHNSON | For the Citizen

On February 10th, 2024 Rev. John E. Reese was called from Earth’s sorrow to eternal rest. The good lord said it’s his time. God was ready for him but our hearts were not. Pastor Reese was born August 13th, 1953 in Dunbar W. Virginia. He was the son of the late John Reese Sr. and the late Janice Hawkins Reese Corbett. In his own words he said: he was glad he grew up a “Country Boy”. He never forgot his humble beginnings and where he came from. It was from his mother that he initially gained his knowledge of Christ. He accepted the Lord as his personal saviour and was baptized and became a member of Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church.

In 1976, he married the former Carolyn Sue Wilson, the love of his life. Sis. Reese stood by his side through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. From their blessed union came two children, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Mr. Reese accepted his calling into the ministry, and was pastor over two Baptist congregations. Brother Reese always strived to uplift himself. He was a student of history, and was constantly furthering his education. He led a full life and held many titles. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a preacher, a pastor, a teacher, a community activist, a grandfather, and great grandfather, moderator, historian, and friend. But above all; a child of God. Many things can be said about him. But, if anyone should ever write his life story, let it be said that: he loved the Lord and loved his family.

The last church he pastored was first Baptist Church W. 8th St. He served from 2005 until his passing.

Rev. Reese’s favorite passage of scripture was: “Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things that God hath prepared for those that love him, 2nd Corinthians 2:9. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. To God be the glory for the things he has done.

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