Born 7-27-1928 - Died 9-19-2003
Rosie Lee Reese, 75, of Ravenden, Ark., died Sept. 19, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.
Born July 27, 1928, in Charleston, Mo., she was the daughter of Roy Chezem and Goldie Welch Chezem.
She married John W. Reese Sept. 16, 1946, in Pocahontas, Ark., and he preceded her in death in 1970.
She worked as an in-home caregiver for many years. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include seven children -- Bobby Chezem of Sikeston, Mo., Johnny Reese and Wilma Bayles, both of Imboden, Edith Swartzlander and Evelyn Blansett both of Ravenden, and Mabel Newman and Linda Benson, both of Williford; 22 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Mary Wilkerson; two grandchildren and a great- grandchild.
The funeral was Sept. 23 at First Baptist Church in Ravenden, Ark. Burial followed in Opposition Cemetery in Ravenden with arrangements under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Highland, Ark.
Pallbearers were Raymond and Billy Swartzlander, Wesley Reese, Zeke Wilkerson, Steven Blansett and Jonathan Bayles.
Honorary pallbearers were Daniel and James Wilkerson, Carlton Gray, Charles Greer, Sam Bayles, and Allen Mitchell.