March 16, 2009
Stephen Dale Reese, 38 ,of Caledonia, MS, died Friday, March 13, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be at Memorial Funeral Home Monday, March 16, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Services will be Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Grant Mitchell, and Rev. Ed Knox officiating. Burial will follow at Piney Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, in Steens, MS The only child of Dale and Susan Schamel Reese of Caledonia, Stephen was born on Thursday, November 12, 1970, in Columbus, MS. During Stephen’s lifetime he lived in Kolola Springs, MS, Jackson, MS, St. Petersburg, FL and Norfolk, VA. Stephen was a joy to behold. Stephen had a rough start in life. His life expectancy was from a few hours to six years, but with the grace of God and loving care of his parents he brought joy to everyone for 38 years. Stephen graduated from the Mississippi University for Woman, Center for Special Children. Everyone Stephen ever met or knew was touched in a special way. He loved adventure, flying, motorcycles, and any thing else with speed. He was an avid television critic. He knew every episode of Walker, Texas Ranger, Knightrider, and Chips. He was forced to watch cooking and decorating shows with his mother. His daddy would give him a reprieve from those when he came home from work. He also enjoyed the televised services of First Baptist Church and Love Worth Finding each Sunday with his daddy. He was always glad when his mother left for a shopping trip, because he knew he would be able to watch his shows. One of his favorite things was to get cards filled with greenbacks. He was not very excited about checks; he did not trust his mother to cash them. He knew that she sometimes misplaced them. Stephen was not able to speak words, but his smile and eyes could say volumes. He could not walk but he traveled coast to coast by all of the people he met or people that heard about him. His condition and his limitations never interfered with his joy for life. Stephen was a happy and joyful person who lived everyday with excitement. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and loved him. He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandfather Hoyle Grant, paternal grandparents James E. Reese and Sadie Reese Pennington and his uncle Paul DiCicco. In addition to his parents, he is also survived by maternal grandparents Jack and Myra Schamel, and great grandmother Louise Grant Simpson, all of Caledonia; aunts Jacqueline DiCicco, Columbus; Vickie Sample ( Rick) , Valley Center, KS; Toby Dunn (Jimmy), Cottondale, AL; and Jean Wesson, Milford, NH, and an uncle James Reese (Barbara), Vernon, AL. He is also survived by his special nurse Sherrill Culpepper and special friends Carrie Toalson and Jim Ella Verner. Pallbearers will be Johnny Wooten, William Wooten, Phillip DiCicco, Glenn Culpepper, Terry Bouchard and Larry Mims. Honorary pallbearers will be DRs Jason and Jacob Skiwski, Employees and Directors, East Lowndes Water Assn.; Baptist Memorial Hospital – GT EMT’s; and the doctors, nurses and staff of Baptist Memorial Hospital – GT. Memorials can be made to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, 50 North Dunlop Memphis, TN 38103 or Caledonia United Pentecostal Church, 5850 Cal-Kolola Rd., Caledonia, MS 39740.