Now & Then Volume 1, 2023 | Page 17

FAMILY takes care of

‘ family ’

Reece Funeral Home continues to offer generations of families its services nearly 100 years after opening its doors CHAD DRURY

Forget the mirror-shine hearses , or the ivory white seemingly everywhere . Simply open the doors to the daunting house on the hill , and a photo of the late Carroll Reece is mounted above a fireplace to welcome those at their lowest of lows .

“ He ’ d hate it if he knew that picture was up there ,” his great-grandson Bill Reece III chuckled in passing .
Yet , 94 years ago , with the United States on the verge of economic collapse , Carroll Reece was just starting to build his funeral home legacy .
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