Nicholas Wayne Reese

nicholas reese
Fairview ~ Nicholas Wayne Reese, 39, of Harris Road, died Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at his residence.

Born on Camp LeJeune, Mr. Reese was the son of Etsuko Oka Hall of Seattle, WA and the late Robert Hillard Reese.

Mr. Reese was an appliance service technician for Sears for fifteen years.

In addition to his mother, survivors include a brother, Joey Reese of Fairview; girlfriend, Michelle Dobbins of Asheville.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, November 17 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road. Interment will follow in Poplar Gap Cemetery of Spring Creek.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7:00 until 8:30 PM at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. When someone touches your life in such a special way such as Nick did with the people he met, you know that your life has been blessed. My heart is with family and friends. Kelly Mitchell

  2. It is sad that our angel has finally left us, but all of our lives have been made better because of knowing and loving Nick. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and Michelle.

  3. He cared so much for his friends and always showed concern for their well being even though he was going through so much. He was an example of how we should all live our lives. We are with you Etsuko, Joey and Michelle. We love and will miss you Nick!!

  4. To Nick

    Fleeting, fragile this life of ours
    Yet so sturdy your soul in your final hours.
    I join with all whose lives you did touch
    In telling you now, I love you so much.
    You gave me your strength & courage to see
    That everwhere I was, I was meant to be;
    How grateful I am for the joys we shared,
    for the tender ways you showed me you cared.
    You, dearest Nick, will be my summer breeze;
    Taking the chill off my sorrow with sweet memories.
    The garden you planted outside my front door,
    A gentle reminder – forevermore.


  5. Although we didn’t know Nick very long, it was easy to see that he was a very special person by the light that he had relit in Michelle’s eyes. He had a unique sense of humor that will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Michelle, Etsuko, Joey and Harry.

  6. Michelle & Nick’s family. We are so sorry for your loss. We know what it is to lose someone to a dreadful illness far before it is time. We are praying for you and want you to know that thru God there is hope and strength.

    Brynne & janie
    (Connie Duncan’s brother and sister-in-law)

  7. Nick was such a pleasure to be around. He was so kind and caring and had a great sense of humor. We loved him from the first time we met. During the last months, I never once heard him complain about his illness or the pain and suffering he was going through.

    Nick, Jeff Gordon is going to miss having you in his corner on race day and we are going to greatly miss having you in our lives every day. I am so thankful that you loved Michelle.
    Jane & Harry Briggs (Michelle’s parents)

  8. We only had the opportunity to meet Nick one time. It was such a pleasure, his smile and sense of humor are very memorable. Michelle, we know how much Nick’s friendship and love meant to you. No words can take away the sadness that you must be feeling; We pray that you and Nick’s family will find some comfort in all of the treasured memories. We love you!

  9. Nick was a good friend to my family. he will be gratly missed being only 13 this kind of loss is overwelming.

  10. Nick was a good friend to my family. he will be gratly missed being only 13 this kind of loss is overwelming.

  11. This is my tribute to Nick,
    For he still is…
    In our hearts,
    And in our minds,
    For he still and always will live.

    Remembering the good times,
    For when he was around,
    That is all there were.

    A friend to the end,
    Kind and true–
    That’s his sweet nature.

    He would not want us
    To cry at this time
    Nor shed a single tear.

    For Nick just wanted
    Love and happiness–
    What he held most dear!

    by Shannon Maria Moore
    November 15, 2001

    Love and condolences to family and friends.

  12. To: Our niece Michelle and Nick’s family

    Our sweet Michelle, how heavy our hearts are for you, and Nick’s family. Nick was such a precious, loving, caring, courageous and kind person. We learned from him how we should think of others and enjoy life while we have the chance. We loved him because he loved you and made you happy again.

    Please know that our prayers are with you and the family and that Nick is resting in the arms of our heavenly Father.

    Skip and ‘Chee Chee’

  13. Precious Michelle and Nick’s family,

    We know it is hard, maybe impossible, to understand God’s perfect timing when we believe people should not die so young. We pray that all of you will look to Jesus for His comfort as you grieve. Jesus, too, died young and without sin as the perfect sacrifice for each of us. He created Nick to be special and to be able to handle all that this imperfect life brought. Jesus knew every kind of suffering Nick went through and He gave every joy that Nick experienced. We pray He will give you joy and hope in your overwhelming sorrow. We hope you will be able to enjoy lovely memories and always hold the love you had for Nick in your heart.

    Though we only met him a couple of times, Nick seemed so caring and humble and kind. We are grateful to the Lord that He brought Nick and Michelle together and gave them a special kind of love and friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you, Michelle.

    ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you…for I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.’ Isaiah 43:2-3a

    Love, Fred, Denise, Caitlin and Cara

  14. We met Nick for the first time at my Mother’s funeral in May. Because Nick loved our niece, Michelle, he came to support her in the loss of her Nannie Dobbins.We all loved his smile,his easy laugh,but most of all, his affection for Michelle!Their love for each other was evident, and we are grateful the Lord brought them together. We offer our sympathy and love to Nick’s family and Michelle. God’s grace is sufficient to supply all your needs–call on Him. Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time! We love you,Amelia&Harry

  15. Dear Joe, I have so many fond memories of Nick. He had a wonderful full life and he will be greatly missed by everyone! There will never be another Nick he was a one of a kind and they broke the mold after he was born. All my love!

  16. To Michelle and the family of Nick,
    May God bring you the comfort that you need at
    this time. We will be keeping you in our prayers.
    Harriett Hamrick, David and Dianne Hamrick

  17. my fondest memorie is sharing thanksgiving with nik,joey and friends at thanksgiving last year. having great food company and fun playing cards. nik was a great friend and a great guy. one more great memory was going to graveyard fields off of the parkway and hiking and having sandwiches on a beautiful day.

  18. Nick,was a very good friend,a little crazy,wild and good hearted.Will always remember him in this manner. will miss him. will now have to try and share friendships with brother Joey,and keep the memory of brother Nick, alive..

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