George  Reese
George Reese, 94, passed away peacefully at the Jean Waddle Care Center, Somerset, KY, January 3, 2020. He was predeceased in 2017 by his wife of 71 years, Mabel Reese. He is survived by daughters JoAnn (Shiva Kumar) Emerich, of Nashville, TN, Sherri (Joe LaMay), Reese of Somerset, KY, grandchildren Kristin Koval, of Nashville, TN, Jeremy (Joey) Koval, Menifee, CA, Shawna (Josh) Bennett, Maricopa, AZ and Devon (Anne) Hainey, Easton, MD. Greatgrandchildren Colin, Jacob, Ryan, Lillie, Emma, Taylor, Kash and Keen. George was a Navy Seabee veteran of WWII, serving in France, Italy and North Africa. He was very proud of his military service and loved showing his photo albums of his adventures during that time. He was born in Fulton, NY, where he lived until moving to Somerset, KY in 2005. While in NY, he was a dedicated member of the Central NY Bluegrass Association and an avid musician, known for his distinctive guitar picking style, making fans wherever he went. He is remembered as an inspirational mentor to numerous young musicians who have gone on to successful music careers. When he relocated to Somerset, he became a founding member of The Lake Cumberland Jammers. His self deprecating sense of humor and quick comebacks endeared him to anyone he met. In recent years he dearly missed trading insults with his friends at Kroger South, Pulaski County Public Library and L&N Federal Credit Union. More recently, he enjoyed giving the staff at the Highlands and VA Home Care team daily doses of his humor. A memorial service will be held at Carnegie Community Arts Center, 107 N. Main St., Somerset, KY, March 21, 2020.
Interment with Military Honor Guard, will be in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Cemetery, Fulton, NY, in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.
Published on January 18, 2020


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Janis Stauring
Jan 19, 2020
Sherri , JoAnn and families, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I Can't ever forget all the times we had as neighbors. Your mom and dad were really helpful to us. Your dad was was so plesent when ever we meet as I grew older. Wonderful memories.
April Kimball
Jan 19, 2020
I will always hold a special place in my heart for George. He could light up a room with his smile and warm you with his humor. His memory lives on in his family and friends. God bless.