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James Phillip Reese Sr. / October 11, 2018

James Phillip “Buddy” Reese Sr., 88, of Nathalie, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. He was born in Halifax on July 31, 1930, a son of the late John Robert Reese and Mary Cecile Coates Reese. He was first married to the late Lucille Moorefield Reese and then to the late Margaret Dawson Reese. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Millstone. He was a lifelong tobacco farmer, who dearly loved the land and the crops he grew. Along with growing the crop, Mr. Reese measured tobacco with the Farm Service Agency for numerous years, worked in the tobacco warehouses and made countless friends. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Reese is survived by his children, Janet Reese, James P. “Phil” Reese,Jr. and wife Kathy, Beth Reese; his grandchildren, Johnathan Reese, Blake Powell, Chris Deitrick, Rebecca R. Gish and husband Tylor, Katelyn Redd; his great-granddaughter, Peyton Marie Reese; his siblings, Kathleen R. Irby, Bobbie Hill and husband Will, Bill Reese and wife Nancy, Anne Moorefield and husband Genie; host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Ryan Hendricks, Conor McLeod, Thad Decker, Jimmy and Sylvia Waller.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Robert Earl Reese, Kenneth Reese, Ruby R. Irby, Bernard Reese and Wayne Reese.

A funeral was held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Millstone with Rev. Thad Decker officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, 4201 Leda Grove Road, Nathalie, VA 24577 or the Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558.

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Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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