FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Dolphus D. Reece, age 89, of Florida, and formerly of Mountain City, TN, passed away on Saturday November 5, 2011, at the Emerald Coast Health Center of Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
He was born on March 15, 1922, to the late Arthur and Jane Main Reece.
In addition to his parents, Dolphus was preceded in death by siblings: Luther Reece, Floy Reece, Lorettie Martin, Thelma Wallace, Ollie Robinson, Ethel Reece, Ella May Combs and Coy Reece.
He was a World War II Veteran, having served in the United States Army Air Corps as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. Dolphus was a farmer all of his life, a top Chevrolet mechanic for 36 years and a Massey-Ferguson tractor mechanic. He was a member of Center View Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Della Phillippi Reece; daughter, Marjorie Outlaw and husband, Bruce, of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; son, Luther “Bud” Reece and wife, Marian, of Sharps Chapel, TN; grandchildren: Lisa Andrews, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Amy Bright and husband, Randy, of Dover, DE, and Jon Reece, of Cocoa Beach, FL; great grandchildren: Ryan and Hunter Andrews and Hayden, Garrett and Lauren Bright; and many nieces and nephews. Special friends include, Rhonda Reece, Earl Greer, Harvey Burniston, Joe Widner, Maurice Widner, Lynn Courtner and Steve Reece.
The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011, at Mountain City Funeral Home.
Funeral Service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at Mountain City Funeral Home with Minister Buddy Morefield, of Appalachian Church of Christ, to officiate.
Graveside Service and Interment with Military Honors will follow at Phillippi Cemetery and will be accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Harvey Reece, E.J. Reece, Joe Reece, Barry Reece, Quint Reece and Bill Reece. Honorary pallbearers are Carl Williams, Offie Hayworth and Nelson Gray.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.mountaincityfuneralhome.com.
The family of Dolphus D. Reece has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683. (423) 727-9700