Oakley Coleman Reese

oakley reese

September 11, 1933 ~ October 7, 2022

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

Oakley Coleman Reese, 89, passed away Friday, October 7, 2022.

Mr. Reese was born September 11, 1933, the last of 15 children of the late Cecil and Esther Dockery Reese.

He served our country in the US Army in Korea with L Company, 187 ARCT. He was awarded the Parachutists Medal and the Korean Service Medal with a Bronze Star. He retired as a machinist with Northrop (GE) and he was an active volunteer with the Charles George VA Medical Center. He served as the representative of PVA to the hospital. He was a member of Pole Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Ruckman Reese; daughters, Barbara Dykes (Rodney) and Debra Reese; step-daughter Nanette West (Steve), step-son Chris Hooke (Hyo); seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue, followed by a funeral at 12:00 in the funeral home chapel. Pastors Dennis Thurman, Ben Heise, and John Brendle will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pole Creek Baptist Church Youth Department, 96 Snow Hill Church Road, Candler, NC 28715, or to the Southeast Paralyzed Veterans Organization, c/o Charles George Medical Center Volunteer Services (VAVS), 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.


Funeral Service: October 11, 2022 12:00 pm

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


Visitation: October 11, 2022 11:00 am - July 18, 2024 12:00 pm

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


Burial: October 11, 2022 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. Prayers to Barbara, Debra, Beth, Laura and Kristen on the loss of this sweet man. He was always kind, welcoming and friendly each time I was around him. Peace be with you all.
    Sincerely, Sandy Jackson

  2. It is with DEEP sorrow I remember my Uncle Oakley. I remember him in his uniform, and I remember him walking, and being at the family reunions, and I remember him picking me up and hugging me. I am going to miss him for sure! But, I rest in my faith that I will see him again in the resurrection when Jesus takes His people home ! It want be long now, the antichrist is working even now his agenda!

  3. To a very nice man that we dearly cared about. RIP Oakley. Love and prayers to Linda and the family!❤️❤️

  4. Linda, Barbara, Debbie and all the family – I’m sorry for your loss. May the Lord watch over and keep you.

  5. God Bless and keep you. Thank you for your service to our country and to Paralyzed Veterans if America.

  6. Walking In The Light:
    I John 1:5-10.
    The only hope for the Born-again Believer is to know all sin is forgiven.

  7. Oakley always enlightened the moment with his charm. Linda, our love and blessings are with you in this time of need. Nanette, you are such a loving caring daughter that enabled your parents live to be vibrant and active! God Bless you all! Love, Jack Sparks and Robin

  8. Linda and Family,
    Our Bible Study Class at Pole Creek – Faith in Action prayed for you and your family this morning during our class time. May the Lord give you the peace and grace to face your loss because He is the only one that can comfort you. What a great reunion we have ahead of us.
    Our Love in Jesus,
    Royce & Gwenda Phillips

  9. My uncle, Oakley Coleman Reese, was 13 years my senior. He had 51 nephews and nieces – all my cousins on my dad’s side (Enoch). Rather large group gathered (still do) for family reunions. Uncle Oakley’s siblings, our uncles and aunts, were touchstones, mentors to us all. Troubles me to realize that maybe only half, 25?, of
    my 50 cousins remain with us to celebrate Uncle Oakley’s life and times with our large family. But celebrate we do! Uncle Oakley was a beautiful Christian man. I rejoiced when I heard that some of his last words were his desire to be with his Lord.

  10. Linda, Barbara and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss and the loss yesterday of sweet Deb. I loved Oakley. What a treasure and friend. My prayers are with you all the family for the days ahead. So thankful for the blessed reunion in heaven and the beauty they are experiencing but most of all, seeing Jesus face to face 🙌.

  11. Hi Linda. Sorry to see the passing of Oakley in the Recorder…. Every time we go to Hightown, when we pass
    your old homestead, we think about your Mother and Dad. When I was a kid, my granddaddy, Webb had
    a riding horse and I rode it all the time. I used to ride up to your farm and ride around with your dad as often
    as I could.
    Betty ( Colaw) and I still live at my old home place in Blue Grass. Betty is 80 and I am 84. Still farming and we are lucky to still be active.
    We have two daughters, Scarlet 52, teaches in Waynesboro, Va, Melanie, 50, Lives in Huddleston, Va.
    and she has two boys, age 22 and 20. Only grandchildren we have.
    David and Betty.

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