Gary Houston Reese, 52, of Columbia, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at Maury Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Reese was a native of Maury County, and attended Santa Fe schools. He was a driver for Pro-Drivers of Nashville and had been employed by Southern Wrecker Service for several years. Mr. Reese was a member of the Nazarene Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Knox Reese and Mary Irene Fly Reese.
He is survived by his loving mate, Catha Watkins Reese of Columbia; son, Gary Houston (Kelly) Reese Jr. of Centerville; daughters, Vergena Lynn Diaz of Columbia, Melissa Kay (Jeff) Bylo of Fort Knox, Ky., Melissa Jane (Andrew) Marlett of Marysville, Mich., and Christy Dawn (Timothy) Pinkard of Columbia; brothers, Marvin Knox "Bubba" (Linda) Reese Jr. of Columbia, Ronald Reese and Thomas Reese, both of Santa Fe, and James Rizzardi of Lewisburg; sisters, Rebecca (Arthur) Slaughter, Mattie (Fred) Smith, and Ethel (Scott) Bailey, all of Santa Fe, and Shelia (Raymond) Reed of Mt. Pleasant; in-laws, Mike (Edith) Watkins, Jerry (Donna) Watkins, Rickey Watkins, Sharon (Tommy) Hargrove, Becky Peete, and Millie (Marty) Middleton, all of Lewisburg, Sandy (Richard) Fleck of Cornersville, Patsy (Bill) Brown of Mississippi, Bobby (Nancy) Watkins of Hohenwald, and Jimmy Watkins of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Howard Alexander officiating, followed by burial in Fly Cemetery. The family will visit with friends Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service, at the funeral home.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.