|Arthur Talmadge Reece
Arthur Talmadge Reece7 - whose line is Curnel C Reece6/Susan Ellen Reece, Jessie Franklin Reece5,
Samuel L. Reece4, Anthony Reece3, Johann Valentine Reece2, Johan Jacob Ries1) was born on 07 OCT
1899 and died 25 JUN 1983. He married Doris “Mama Dot” Marjorie Miller in 1927, Clay County, NC.
(Source: NC Delayed Birth Index and article 328 in Haywood County Heritage, NC-below). Both are
buried in Pine Log Cemetery, Clay County, NC.
FROM THE CLAY COUNTY HERITAGE NORTH CAROLINA, VOL 1. 1994:
This is the end of an article 330 John V Reece – Lou Creacy Reece:
This part talked about Arthur T. –
The heritage of a community; Clay County, has for a foundation the individuals who have made their
homes and raised their families within. Arthur (T) worked long, hard hours, played hard when he played
and most of all helped teach me the rules of life. His mother would have wanted him to be spiritual; I
believe him to be, yet he had trouble with the dogma of the church. Arthur lived by the democratic
principle, was a democrat and took part in the governing process.
Daddy Arthur went looking for cabbage eating groundhogs; laid down in the pasture where I found him;
he had died. 1983. He is buried in Pine Log Church Cemetery.
The Reece Family of Clay County came by way of Haywood County, North Carolina, West Virginia,
Southern Penn.; Ireland, Scotland, and Germany.
Submitted by Arthur (Buck) Reece (deceased), Rt 1, Box 117A. Brasstown, NC 28902. Sources: Deeds,
marriage and family records, personal knowledge.
From Heritage of Union County:
These are paragraphs included in article also submitted by ‘Buck’ - #328 CURNEL REECE – ELLEN
REECE, who were his parents.
Arthur lived many years on his father’s farm spent most of life (until Curn died) working with Curn so
their lives were close.
Arthur tells about the family’s two week wagon (several two horse wagons) trip from Cruso to Pine Log
in 1914; about night camps (at sites made by other travelers) where stories were told and plans were
made; how two horse wagons had to be pulled up to Winding Stairs Gap by three teams of horses
because of the steep and rough roads. Each trip required at least a day.
Arthur and Doris (see Peter Miller and Annie Shook histories in same book) married in Clay County in
1927. Parents of seven native-born Clay Countians, all graduated Hayesville High School. Daughters
– Maebur, Alice, Lenora and Opal (see Peter Miller history in same book). Sons – Arthur (Buck), Max
and Rex (see Curn Reece history in same book).
Arthur (called “Daddy Arthur” when grandchildren came) worked in timber and on the farm from age
14. He was a teller of tales also and always acknowledged children in his presence. Fox hunting was
his hobby. He enjoyed life. He walked with his family and community.
Children of Arthur “Daddy Arthur” Reece and Doris were:
1. Maebur Marjorie Reece – b: 31 MAY 1928, (source: NC Birth Index) Clay County, Brasstown, NC
2. Alice B. Reece – b: 12 MAR 1930 (source: NC Birth Index
3. Lenora Ann Reece – b: 09 AUG 1934, (source: NC Birth Index) Clay County, Brasstown, NC;
4. Opal Jennette Reece – b: 17 NOV 1939,(source: NC Birth Index) Clay County, Brasstown, NC
5. Arthur Melvin “Buck” Reece – b: 20 DEC 1931; (source: NC Birth Index) d: 18 OCT 2002;
m: Mary F. Chastain in 1958 (b: 1940) Twin
6. Talmage Melvin Reece – b: 20 DEC 1931 (source: NC Birth Index) Twin
7. Max Reece – b: 1935; m: Mary Sue McElrath in 1956 (b: 1938)
8. Mat Franklin Reece – b: 04 NOV 1936, (source: NC Birth Index)Clay County, Brasstown, NC
9. Rex Walter Reece – b: 31 MAR 1943, (source: NC Birth Index) Clay County, Brasstown, NC; d:
And in Closing
When he passed away he was survived by 3 sons, Arthur Melvin “Buck”, Max and Rex along with 4
daughters Maebur Jones, Alice Bourne Lenore Martin and Opal Rose. He also had 3 sisters living when
he passed away. Eula Miller, Annie Scroggs and Lillie Waldroup (per FAG 3960810). He was buried in Pine
Log Church Cemetery. This obituary appeared in the Asheville Citizen Times
He appears in several poor photos that
I was given as a printed out version of
Bob Jones' (old mountain wizard)
website.( Bob was the grandson of
Note: Violet was the grand daughter of Rev. John Valentine Reece, daughter of his son Charlie