William Reece

    William Jasper Reece, 77, of Cherokee County, passed away Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Elaine’s Care Home in Andrews.
    Mr. Reece was born Feb. 17, 1941, in Murphy, to the late Rufus R. Reece and Pauline Sharp Reece.
    He was a member of Episcopal Church of the Messiah.
    Mr. Reece was the third generation to own and operate Reece Plumbing and served as a commercial plumber, he owned and operated a laundry mat, and was a jewelry maker. He also was a winemaker for Valley River Vineyards.
    He loved Mother Nature, especially hunting, fishing  and gardening. He also enjoyed panning for gold, hunting for gems and traveling.
    In addition to his mother and father, he also was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Martin Stalcup Reece, and sister, Linda Reece Poole.
    Survivors include daughter, Leslie Moreen Reece Dobbs; son, William Martin (Maria) Reece; daughter, Rosaland Elaine (Reece) Dockery; grandson, Randall Keith Dockery; grandson, William Kevin Dockery; grandson, Bradley Martin Dobbs; grandson, Christopher Tyler Simonds; granddaughter, Haley Nicole Simonds; great-granddaughter, Kensley Faith Dockery; and sister, Shelby Reece (Ray) Fisher.
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Episcopal Church of the Messiah with Dr. Maggie Rourk officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery in Murphy.
    There will be a casual gathering of family and friends at Valley River Vineyards following funeral services Thursday.
    The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Cochran Funeral Home in Murphy.
    Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy.
    You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.