Ronald Allan Reese, also known as “Bootsie, Sarge, Pa Pa, and “Reese”, was born on September 6, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Robert Jackson Reese Sr. and Cora Byrd Reese. He was the youngest of five. Three siblings proceeded him in death: Robert Jr, Emmet and Annie.
Ronald quietly and peacefully transitioned from a physical life of labor to reward on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Ronald was educated in Brooklyn, N.Y school system where he led in basketball and baseball. After completion of high school, Ronald enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1956. Where he proudly served his country for over 20 years. During his military career he received several military awards including the Presidential Unit Citation (PUC), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal (AFGCM), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (NDSM), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM), Vietnam Service Medal (VSM) 3 Bronze Stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ronald retired in 1976 as an Aircraft Electrician. After retirement from the military, Ronald further his education at Wayne Community College. He furthered his career at A.P. Parts (Goerlich’s) and retired in 1996, later joined the North Carolina Department of Corrections, where he also retired in 2001, and finally worked as a security officer until his health failed.
Ronald was a member of St. Mark Church of Christ. He was an active member of Hunter Creek Men association as long as his health permitted.
To cherish his memories he leaves his loving and devoted wife Linda, of the home; two sons; Ronnie Reese of Norfolk, VA and Bruce Reese of Chesapeake, VA; three daughters; Rita Barnes (Ralph) of Clayton, NC, Dr. Rhonda Watson of North East, MD and Robin Booth (Cedric) of Clayton, NC; one sister; Mildred Fluker of Goldsboro, NC; two sister in-laws; Ethelene Rodgers, of Wilson, NC and Mavis Regan (Zeb), of Goldsboro, NC; 2 brother in-laws; Ralph Artis (Ann), of Baltimore, MD and Melvin Artis (Carolyn), of Goldsboro, NC; a godson Marcus Jones; a special nephew Brandon Hill; two special nieces Joann Williams and Terry Harris (Rev. Dr. Roger Harris); a special son Marshall Watson; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren, which were the apple of his eyes; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He leaves a legacy of strength, loyalty, honor, integrity and commitment…God 1st and Family…
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro. Interment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park in Dudley with full military honors. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro with the family present from 6 until 7 p.m.
Professional services entrusted to the care of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.
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