The Reece Brothers
Story furnished by Clarence
The Reverend William Troy
Reece, a Glendale native, was the son
of Jack and Maggie Burris Reece.
Like his parents and most siblings, he began his work in the textile
industry at Glendale Mills. He
married a local lady, Miss. Pearl
Westbrook. They became members of the Glendale
Church from which “Troy” as he was known entered the ministry in
Excerpts from the Obituary of Mrs. W.T. Reece, published Tuesday, May
“Mrs. Pearl Westbrook Reece, 58, wife of Rev. W. T. Reece died Monday
morning in the Anderson Hospital after a long illness. Native of
Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas M. and Era
Petty Westbrook and was a member of the Glendale
Also surviving; three sons, including the Rev. Bobby L. Reece of
Tryon;(no other names were listed) six grandchildren.
Services to be held Wednesday at the McDougal Funeral Home with
interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in
Following the death of Mrs. Pearl Westbrook Reece, Rev. Troy Reece
married Bessie Harrell.
Excerpts from the Obituary of Rev. William T. Reece published Monday,
February 25, 1991;
“The Rev. William Troy Reece, 83, died February 23, 1991 in Halifax
Hospital in Roanoke Rapids. A native of Spartanburg County, he was the
husband of Bessie Harrell Reece and the son of the late Jack and Maggie
Rev. Reece was transferred from the Upper South Carolina Pentecostal
Holiness Conference to the North Carolina Pentecostal Holiness
Conference in April, 1969. He pastored at; Weldon Pentecostal Holiness
Church, Darlington Pentecostal Holiness Church, and the Alert
Pentecostal Holiness Church after serving several churches in the S. C.
Survivors are; two sons, The Reverend Bobby Reece and Eugene
Reece; a stepdaughter, Nan Carpentener; three stepsons, James Hale,
Earl Hale and Collin Hale; five grandchildren, five great
grandchildren, nine step grandchildren and four step great
Services to be held at the Thrinty Pentecostal Holiness Church in
Halifax, N. C. with interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial
Gardens in Spartanburg, S. C.
Writer’s note; As I remember “Troy” he was a low key, kind and soft
speaking Preacher. He was very effective in his years of ministry. If
memory serves me correctly, Rev. Troy served as Pastor of the Glendale
Pentecostal Holiness Church for a while.
The Reverend David Reece, a Glendale
native, was also the son of Jack
and Maggie Reece. He married Ruby Solesby, daughter of Jesssie F. and
Nora Solesby also of Glendale, S.C.
David was a former employee of Glendale
Mills and a member of the Glendale
Pentecostal Holiness Church
from which he entered the Ministry in the late 1930s.
The 1940 Spartanburg/Glendale Census listed the household as;
David Reece 25, husband/weaver
Wife; Ruby 22,
Children; Donald 5 Janice 1
There were two more children added to the family after the 1940 census;
Kenneth & Terry
Belonging to the Upper S.C. Pentecostal Holiness Conference, David, as
he was known in his home town, served as Pastor of Churches in
Abbeville, Waterloo, Irmo, Clinton, Greer, and Belton, South Carolina.
David with a good deep clear voice was a forceful, fiery Preacher.
While I’m sure Rev. David preached at his home church from time to
time, I don’t recall him ever serving as Pastor.
For about 50 years, David had been faithful to his calling when death
struck him in July 1983 while serving as Pastor of a church in Clinton,
S. C. Ruby, who had been a faithful wife and helper all those years,
had died just a few months before in January, 1983.
No obituaries were found but both were buried in Abbeville, S. C.
My sincere appreciation to David’s daughter, Janice and her husband,
for their assistance in gathering this information. The Reece and the
Solesby families were considered dear friends of the Crocker family.
Obituaries and Federal Census records, courtesy of the Spartanburg
Clarence E. Crocker
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