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Julius Hudson Reese Jr. / February 13, 2020

Julius Hudson “Jay” Reese, Jr., 56, of Scottsburg died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. He was born in Grand Forks, N.D. on Oct. 16, 1963, son of Julius Hudson Reese Sr. and Patsy Ruth Carr Reese and was married to Rosemary Eudy Reese, who all survive.

He was a member and deacon of Scottsburg Baptist Church. Jay was also a past chief of Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, past president and a member of board of directors for Halifax County Farm Bureau, Halifax County AG committee, past president of Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee, past member of Farm Bureau State Vegetable advisory committee. Jay’s passing will leave a void not just within Halifax County, but also across the State of Virginia.

Mr. Reese is survived by his wife, Rosemary Eudy Reese of Scottsburg; one daughter, Cameron Nicole Reese of Nashville, Tenn., one son, Julius Hudson “Trey” Reese III and wife Erin of Scottsburg; his parents, Hudson and Patsy Reese of Scottsburg; his brother, Don Reese and wife Sara of Scottsburg; his mother-in-law, Margaret Eudy of Scottsburg; and niece and nephews, Will, Kent and Sara Beth Reese.

A funeral will be held Friday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. at Scottsburg Baptist Church with Rev. Kermit Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home and other times at his home.

Memorials may be directed to Scottsburg Baptist Church, P.O. Box 85, Scottsburg, VA 24589 or Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 96, Scottsburg, VA 24589.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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