June 27, 2013

Marion Sheppard Reese, age 74 of Middlesboro, KY passed away Thursday June 27, 2013. She was born January 16, 1939 in Gadsden, Alabama. She was the daughter of the late Dr. John & Mary Burns Sheppard of Gadsden, Alabama. Marion graduated from Gadsden High School and attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She later transferred to the University of Alabama where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Education.

On October 7, 1964, Marion married Pineville resident George H. Reese III. During her time in Pineville, she was a school teacher at Bell County High School and then became a homemaker to raise their two children Katherine & John. Marion devoted her time to different organizations and community events such as the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. She was very active in fund raising for the National Kidney Foundation in memory of her young son, John.

Marion moved back to her hometown of Gadsden, Alabama where she wore many hats. She was the owner of MJ’s Boutique and a member of the Gadsden Country Club. Later in life, Marion moved back to Kentucky to reside in the city of Middlesboro. She worked for Kentucky Tourism at Cumberland Gap National Park. Marion was a very kind and well-liked southern lady. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son John Sheppard Reese; Her grandparents: John and Hattie Smith Sheppard of Cherokee County, AL and Dr. Charles A. and Jeffy Bell Burns of Alabama City, AL.

She is survived by the following members of her family:

Daughter: Katherine Reese Capps (Calvin) of Pineville, KY;

Grandchildren: Reese, Madelyn & George;

Brother: John T. Sheppard (Alice) of Newport News, VA;

Nieces: Tammy Nichols (Mark) and Mary Sheppard of Virginia;

Anne Horst-Turner of Ithaca, NY and many great nieces.

At her request, Marion will be cremated. The family will have a memorial service Monday, July 1st at 7:00 pm. The family will receive friends Monday, July 1st beginning at 5:00 pm until the memorial hour at 7:00 pm. All services will be held at the Arnett and Steele Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Pineville, KY. A burial service will be conducted immediately after the memorial service in the Pineville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky, 250 E. Liberty Street, Ste 710, Louisville, KY 40202-1537

Arnett & Steele Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Pineville, which is honored to serve the Reese Family. Light a virtual candle and sign the guest register at www.arnettsteele.com.