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“Praying here for the ENTIRE Reese family in the recent loss of James, especially Glenn, Eleanor and James' son during this very sad time. However, I...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Dean Jackson - Inman, SC - friend

“We would like to express our sympathy and prayers to Senator Reese in the passing of his brother, James, and also to the entire family of Dr. Reese. ...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Larry and Sharon Hutchins - SC

“When I got to Auburn in 1964 (yes, it was 50 years ago!) I hardly knew anyone. But before long I got to know Joe Siren who also lived on West Glenn...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Ralph Blaine - Ottawa - friend

“To Claire, Alex and Glenn,We just wanted you to know that we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Susan Blair - Spartanburg, SC

“Please accept my sincere sympathy. Jim and I met in Japan in 1975 as professors with UMFED, and were posted together to Taipei. We had a grand old...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Susan Basow - Easton, PA - Friend

“Uncle James taught us girls alot of things he felt was necessary to keep us safe and smart in a world that preys on ignorant women. For instance, he...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Melinda H. McMillion - Inman, SC

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the whole family. We are so sorry to hear of James' passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Belinda and Joe Venner - Saline, MI

“Harry and I send our sincere sympathy to the Reese family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Cathy McMillan - Campobello, SC

“Growing up in Iman everyone knowledge The Reece Family and loved them dearly. Judy was my friend and classmate therefore I knew all of her family. So...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Elizabeth Terry - Inman, SC

“I am very sorry for the loss of your family member so soon in the new year. I, too, remember some good times at Rainbow Lake. I will not be able to...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: B. Joyce Washington - Spartanburg, SC

“So sorry for James' son's loss. I am sure our grandparents and Judy were so glad to welcome him home. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Elaine Harris - Sparatnburg, SC

“So sad to hear of James's death. We had several long talks about our family history and events over the years here at the dental office I regret I...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Terry Willis - Taylors, SC

“Glenn, our family was shocked to learn that James had passed. You have our deepest sympathy and hope that in the coming days your pain will be eased...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Judith T Conard - Boiling Springs, SC

“So sorry for your loss you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bessie Mae Quinn & Sharon Kirk ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Bessie Mae Quinn - Inman, SC


Dr. James Wilford Reese, 68, of Spartanburg, SC, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at Magnolia Manor of Inman. Born September 15, 1946, he was the son of the late Wilford William Reese and Geneva Margaret Lamb Reese.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, he was a retired professor of economics at USC Upstate. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his Doctorate from the University of Tennessee in Econometrics.

After obtaining his Ph.D., James worked for the Treasury Department in Washington DC during the Nixon administration. He later took a teaching position with the overseas division of the University of Maryland, where he taught college level business courses to military personnel stationed in Europe and Asia. He eventually returned to SC, where he taught at USC Upstate, retiring after more than 25 years as a tenured, full professor.

During his tenure as a professor, he took numerous sabbaticals, traveling around the world to lecture and spread economic principles. He lectured in Korea, Japan, China, and Cuba, laying the ground work for trade relations. He loved exploring the outdoors during his travels and enjoyed skiing, motor biking, hiking, and kayaking. He obtained his black belt in Tai Kwon Do while studying in Japan. He was also an excellent photographer, capturing and preserving scenes from his many experiences around the world.

Survivors include a son, Alex Reese of Spartanburg, SC; a brother, The Honorable Glenn Reese and his wife Janis of Inman, SC; and a sister, Eleanor Huneycutt and her husband Avery of Inman, SC; a brother-in-law, Cecil Bradley and his wife Kay of Inman, SC; and nine nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Judy Bradley.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, January 16, 2015 at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 626 Norwood St., Spartanburg, SC 29302, conducted by the Rev. Neil Y. Wood.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Parkinson's Disease Research Center – Emory University, 1440 Clifton Road NE, Suite 170, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel

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