Eugene 'Gene' Reece
Legendary Mountain Man
CANTON — Fred Eugene “Gene” Reece, 84, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, as soft spring snow fell upon the mountains that he loved.
A lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Harl Reece and Bessie Gentry Reece. Mr. Reece retired from Champion International with 46 years of dedicated service, was a farmer and truly loved the outdoors. He was well-known for his delicious homemade sausage and was well known throughout Western North Carolina as “Hog Man.” Gene was blessed with a giving and caring heart and was always willing to help anyone in need. He was of the Baptist faith and had attended Burnette Siding Baptist Church as a young child. Gene will always be known as a true mountain man and will remain in the hearts of so many who loved him deeply.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Hilda Owen Reece; a son, Terry Reece; six brothers; and a sister.
Surviving are his daughter, Vicky Hunter, of Canton; sons, David Reece and his wife, Pat Reece, of Waynesville, and Tommy Reece, of Maggie Valley; his brother, Virgil Reece, of Washington state; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Burnette Siding Baptist Church in Canton. The Revs. Jason Queen and Dr. Roy Kilby will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Sunburst Cemetery.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Reece Family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.