Henry Allen Reese was born to George W. Reese and Mary L. Harris on November 4, 1934, in Washington, PA. He is the 3rd of 10 brothers and sisters. He attended East Washington High School and played football as a running back. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1952, served and defended the United States of America in the Korean War as medic. During his service in the U.S. Army he received medals of service for the Korean War, UN service medal and National Defense service medal. He was honorably discharged after 3 years of service as a corporal.
During his service in the U.S. Army he met the love of his life , Ora L. Barnett at Southside Park in Sacramento, California on July 4,1954. They dated briefly and were married on December 28,1954 in Las Vegas, NV. During this union were born 2 children, Deborah and Allen Reese.
Henry studied at Sacramento City College and earned a degree in Sociology in the 1970's. After his discharge from the Army he worked at McClellan AFB in Sacramento, CA for a short period. He later began to work for Mather AFB in Sacramento, CA and retired after over 30 years of service as a Supply Inspector from the federal government in 1988. After retiring from the federal government he became a licensed life insurance agent for Primerica Financial.
ln 1992 Henry began working for the state of California Franchise Tax Board as TPA and retired after 12 years in 2004. While employed with the state of California Henry was active in the CSEA and SEIU as a union steward from 1995 - 2000. Henry's other vocations included handy-man work, income tax preparation, bookkeeping and advising family and friends on business and financial matters.
Upon his retirement from the state of California he enjoyed his life and spending time with his wife, Ora L. Reese and babysitting his grandchildren. Henry was one of the nicest, sweetest, humble and charming man you could ever know. A personality trait that his son, Allen shares with him. He was very easy-going and made many friends due to his charming personality and laid back nature. He loved German Shepherds, Ohio State University football "buckeye's" and the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers.
Henry Allen Reese accepted Christ at an early age at John Wesley Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. Henry was one of the founding members of New Home Missionary Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA organized in 1965 under the leadership of the late founder and the first Pastor Rev. Moses Gipson. Henry served as the New Home Missionary Baptist Church first President of the organization and Chairman of the Deacon Ministry.
Henry served New Home Missionary Baptist church faithfully as an ordained Deacon until declining health limited his fellowship and he became inactive as a Deacon. while an active member of New Home Missionary Baptist Church Henry was the church handyman, fix-it and a go to person for repair and maintenance of the church facility which saved the church from having to expense more of its budget regularly. Henry was one of the first videographers of the New Home Missionary Baptist Church events ,occasions and a member of and sang in the original Male Chorus.
Henry enjoyed family holidays, barbeques, playing cards, CB-Radio handle SCORPIO-1, watching Westerns, Power, Have and Have not's and enjoyed listening to old school and gospel music. Henry's most cherished loves were his children and grandchildren. After the passing of his first wife , Ora L. Reese, Henry married Tillie Mason. The marriage lasted 8 years. Henry passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on September 4, 2018. He is preceded in death by both parents George and Mary Reese, brothers Ellsworth Reese, George Reese Sr, Curtis Reese, sister Shirley Sweeney, brother Elmer Reese, his first wife, Ora L. Reese and daughter Annette Tiggs.
He leaves to cherish his memories daughter, Deborah D. (Michael) Eddington, son, Allen D. Reese, God-Sons, Darryl Williams (Lisa) , Aaron Freeman. Grandchildren, Porsha Morris, Christopher Eddington, Aleea Reese, Cameron Eddington, Dupri Reese , Jesse Reese, Michael Eddington, Matthew( Madelyh) Eddington ,Marissa Eddington and 6 great grandchildren all of Sacramento, California. His siblings Evely (Sam) Adams, Fred (Patty) Reese, Walter Reese, Roger (Judy) Reese, Bobbie (Angie) Reese all of Pennsylvania, USA. In addition to his parents, wife, children and siblings Henry leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends. He further leaves also to cherish his memory his "adopted" daughters , Tangie Foster, Vickie Pearson, Jennifer Powell and Cynthia Audrick and special friend Diane Moore.