March 10, 1935 ~ September 7, 2019

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

Ethel Ruth Jackson Strickland Heart Reese, 84, of Candler, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019.

A native of Buncombe Co., Ethel was a daughter of the late William Howard and Ruth McFee Jackson. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Rev. Ernest Strickland, Robert Heart, and Coleman Reese.

Mrs. Reese worked for American Enka/BASF for 39 years, and more recently at Sibley’s Florist. She met every 4th Tuesday with the White Rock Church ladies group.

Surviving are her son, Brian Strickland (Debbie); grandchildren, Kelsey Holt (Cliff), Elisabeth Strickland, and Hannah Strickland; sister, Hilda Honeycutt; and special friends, Christine Medford and Geraldine Britt.
Graveside services for Mrs. Reese will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, at Brown’s View United Methodist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Brad Parker officiating.

Flowers are welcomed and appreciated.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: September 12, 2019 11:00 am

Browns View United Methodist Church Cemetery
Beaverdam Loop
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Brian, don’t really know what to say because I know, loosing your mother, there is not gonna be anything that will make it better….. she was an inspiration from early in my childhood and on into my adulthood…. she will forever be missed and loved…I love ya and are always here for you and your family…Hilda, can’t imagine loosing a sibiling and a best friend all in one….You know she is looking down on us to always watch over us…Singing her heart out in God’s choir now instead of White Rocks… I love you and I’m here if you need me…


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