The Rev. Richard “Dick” Douglas Reece, Sr.

August 30, 1931 - August 24, 2017

Dick died August 23rd at his home in Romney while in Hospice care.  He had been ill since the beginning of June.

Born August 30, 1931 in Sacramento CA, he was the son of the late Clarence Douglas Reece and Evelyn (Whitaker) Reece.

Dick’s already full journey in ministry brought him and his family to Romney in 1978.  He was the director of Peterkin Conference Center as well as the vicar of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  As he quickly involved himself with agencies such as Eastern WV Community Action, Head Start, and Telemon, he became known to many, even outside of the church, as Father Reece.

With the help of other pastors in the community, Dick formed C-Cap, an interdenominational volunteer organization that provided emergency assistance.  In an attempt to begin a homeless shelter, Exodus House was born to assist the homeless and transients with food and lodging.  Up until his health prevented him to do so, he also maintained a prison/jail ministry that began many years ago.

After retiring from the Episcopal Church, Dick was the assistant pastor at Metropolitan AME Church in Cumberland, MD from 1996 to 2002.  There he was instrumental in starting a mentoring program for teens and preteens in the community.  He also served as an interim pastor at the Keyser Presbyterian Church in Keyser, WV from 2003 to 2005.

In more recent years, a project that was near and dear to his heart came to fruition.  He and Michael Heishman founded Hampshire County Pathways, a drop-in center for adults in recovery.  Pathways eventually developed The Lighthouse, a transitional living facility for women.

Dick’s heart and hands were always open to those in need.  His favorite verse in the Bible was Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?  He did indeed try to walk this way with the Lord and encouraged others to do the same.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his former wife Dorothy Elizabeth (Webber) Reece, and former wife Myra Jo (Wiechers) Reece.

His wife Linda M. Reece, five sons and three step children survive him: Richard D. Reece Jr. and Ellen of Princeton, WV; Steven L. Reece and Elizabeth of Mullens, WV; Gary A. Reece and Leesa of Austin, TX; William P. Reece of Gastonia, NC; Douglas H. Reece and Susan of Leesburg, VA; Robert E. Bollman and Tammy of Cross Junction, VA; Matthew J. Bollman and Mary Ann of Augusta, WV; Nancy H. Bollman of Cumberland, MD. Also surviving are his brother, William Reece of Sacramento, CA and his sister, Patt Adams of College Station, TX, as well as twenty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

A service to celebrate life will be held at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney on Thursday, August 31. Family visitation will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The service will begin at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by Alan Morrison, Pastor, Christ Reigns Presbyterian Church, Winchester, VA.  A lunch will be served at the Bottling Works following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:  Hospice of the Panhandle ~ 278 N. High St. ~ Romney, WV 26757 or to Hampshire County Pathways, Inc. ~ P.O. Box 299 ~ Romney, WV 26757.

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511

Carter Wagoner August 26, 2017

4 condolences for “The Rev. Richard “Dick” Douglas Reece, Sr.”

  1. LINDA I MEANT YOU A LONG TIME AGO .YOU WORKED FOR COUMINTY ACTION. YOU WAS SO NICE TO ME.YOUR HUSBAND I MEANT YOUR HUSBAND AND PATHWAYS. HE WAS ALWAYS SO NICE AND KIND.HE MADE ME LAUGH ON DAYS I FELT DOWN. GOD BLESS YOU BOTH.

  2. Linda, I have thought of you and Dick many times over all these years. I am sorry to hear of his passing, but so glad to know that he is enjoying his heavenly reward. “Well done, good and faithful servant” certainly is appropriate. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Wish I could make the trip for the service, but that’s a bit more than I can handle in one day.
    Peace,
    Lanny

  3. Dear Linda:
    I lived on Birch Lane for twenty five years. I saw priest come and go, however Dick was the finest neighbor of them all. When I was Mayor, Dick always supported me in what ever project I was working on and let it be known to the citizens. After the flood of 1985, Dick was very complimentary, how I handled a very difficult situation for Romney. It the late 90’s, when I had my problems, he was there with his support to see me through thick, thin and always supporting me. During the end of 1999 and the beginning of 2000, when I was in a situation where I couldn’t go and visit, Dick was there to visit me, whether it be West Virginia or Virginia. During that time of my life, when situations were very bad, they were many court hearings, again in West Virginia and Virginia. Somehow, Dick always knew of them and when I would look around the court room, there was Dick with his beautiful smile as if to say, “I Support You Larry”. I was so saddened and heavy hearted when I read online very early this morning that Dick had expired. I think it was very professional of Shaffer’s announcing this very early this morning long before arrangements were made. Carter and Sarah Jane, may I say “THANK YOU”. Linda, I will leave this with you, You Have My Deepest Sympathy And Sincere Prayers.
    In God’s Love,
    Larry

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