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Originally published: 2013-02-26 08:46:53
Last modified: 2013-02-26 10:30:38

Norman L. Reese

Mr. Norman L. Reese, 90, of C & B Farm Road, of Conover, and a former resident of Watauga County, passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 24, 2013, at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born Feb. 9, 1923, in Watauga County, he was a son of the late Asa and Kate Swift Reese. Norman was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover and a former member of Cove Creek and Bethel Baptist Church. He was a WWII Army Veteran, and a former machinist at General Motors. Mr. Reese served as a Magistrate in Watauga County for 10 years and was a farmer.

He is survived by one daughter, Cheryl Guthrie and husband, Earl, of Hickory; one son, Keith Reese and wife, Nancy, of Glade Springs, Va.; one granddaughter, LeeAnne Reese and fianc, Brandon Woods, of Greenville, Tenn.; his grandchildren by marriage, Todd Guthrie and wife, Marie, and their children, Nicholas and Ashley of Miami, Fla., and Kendra Guthrie Flores and husband, Raul, and their children, Lukas, Cruz and Elliana Flores all of Boone; one brother, Clint Reese and wife, Maude, of Fuquay Varina; four sisters, Kathleen Reese, Dorcus Hodges, and Betty Shoun, all of Vilas, and Gladys Shoun of Sylvania, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Moody Reese, and by four brothers, Asa L. Reese Jr., Andy Reese, Richard Reese and Lance Reese.

Funeral services for Norman L. Reese will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday at Cove Creek Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kate S. Reese Scholarship % Watauga Education Foundation, PO Box 2658, Boone, NC 28607.

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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Reese family.