October 4, 1920 ~ October 12, 2010

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

EFFIE MAE BISHOP REECE ASHEVILLE – Effie Mae Bishop Reece, 90, of Asheville, NC went home to be with the Lord on 12 October, 2010. She was born on October 4, 1920 in Asheville to James Henry Bishop and Kezia "Kezie" Mae Brooks Bishop. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Wallace Reece; both parents; step-mother, Lillie Austin Bishop; brother, Arthur Bishop; sisters, Mamie Bishop Lyerly, Flora Parker, and Lucille Penland, all from the Asheville Area. She is survived by two sons, Larry & Kenneth Reece and their wives, Brenda and Retha, from Leicester and Fairview respectively; two sisters-in-law, Iona Reece Carland and Mabel Case Bishop and one brother-in-law, Philip Penland; four grandchildren, Sharli Reece of Candler, Jeffrey Reece of Taylors, SC, Jennifer Reece Combs of Asheville, and Melanie Reece Sellers with husband Johnathan of Fairview. Six great-grandchildren loved her dearly and will miss her; Kaitlyn, Alexandra, and Emma Sellers, Reece Combs, and Xzavier and Adam Reece. In addition she leaves numerous nieces and nephews. Although having worked many years, she loved keeping home for her family and was a long-time member of Bent Creek Baptist Church over 55 years, where she was the secretary for her Sunday School class until her health prevented regular attendance. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday 16 October, 2010 in the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Bridges officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service with a Forest Lawn Cemetery Graveside service to follow the funeral service. Memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. We are very sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet and spunky little lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  2. So sorry to hear of Effie’s passing. She was such a precious lady. She and Lloyd were good friends to Mama and Daddy. I know they are all rejoicing together now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  3. jennifer & family,
    we’re so sorry to learn of your grandmothers passing,she was a very strong willed lady and one of a kind. her, mamaw, and viola are once again on the road, the roads are just made of gold this time. love, thoughts and prayers to you and yours. let us know if theres anything we can do.
    all our love,
    jim, lissa, & christy

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  4. Kenny & Retha,

    We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady and we have many great memories.

    We wish we could be there with you to lend you our support, but know that we are thinking of you and our prayers are with you. We love you!!!

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  5. Kenny and Larry, and families: Just wanted you to know that I was sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom was a wonderful lady. She always had a smile on her face every time I saw her. And I know my mom, Nadine Edmonds, thought the world of her. They were in the same Sunday School class. Take comfort in knowing that she rests in the arms of our Savior. God bless you.

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