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Reese Wade Whitman

Reese Wade Whitman, April 3, 1973 – October 2, 2019. It is with much pain and sorrow; we announce that Reese Wade Whitman, age 46, our most beloved son, brother and family member passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at home in Tyler, Texas. A celebration of Reese’s life, for family, friends and other’s whose lives Reese touched will be announced at a later date.
Most importantly, Reese was a child of our Lord God, he was baptized at church camp when he was 12. Reese loved so many and was loved by so many more.  He had an energy, that with even one encounter with him, you would remember him for life.
He had an immeasurable goodness about him, it enabled his capacity to bring happiness to others.  He had a heart for people who suffered and helped so many. Those who knew Reese, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives, may his example of kindness and compassion for others carry on in your heart through deeds and actions towards others.
Reese began riding a dirt bike at age 8 and so began his love for motocross.  He would travel miles to ride and everyone at the track were instantly drawn to his infectious laugh and sense of humor which made him so very special for this sport. He also had a passion for fishing, Reese was always looking for that perfect fishing hole.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Whitman and his sister, Susan Johns.
Reese, we will miss you, and treasure the memories of time spent with you, Your Loving Family, his parents, Rita and Jimmy Johns; sister Kami Whitman Fuchs and Family; brother, Kyle Johns and Family; aunt, Wanda Whitman Flusche and Family; aunt, Pauletta Lapsley and Family, and the host of friends you leave behind to honor your memory.
   In lieu of flowers, donations made are asked to be made in Memory of Reese Wade Whitman to CS Pantry, P.O. Box 1116, Quitman, Texas 75783.
The world is a lesser place without him.  We love you Reese, forever and ever.


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I met Reese at Richland College in psychology class in 1991, We were friends for many years afterwards. Even though I hadnt seen or spoken to him since 2003 I would still like to share my condolences to his family, Reece was a person you dont forget and now he is a memory I will cherish....

Joseph Nov 30 2019 12:00 AM

There are no words to describe how very much Reese was loved by me, Mom and Charlie. Charlie looked up to Reese as a father figure, and to hear Charlie tell his friends that he lost his step-dad confirms even more just how much he meant to my son. Reeses love for us was unconditional. Reese was my Person, always there for me, doing more for me, Mom and Charlie than I could even begin to say. We are so grateful to have had him in our lives. Our loss is great and our hearts are broken but we know we can trust God with this.

Dana Ridge Oct 26 2019 12:00 AM

Reece and I used to ride motor cross in the field off Goliad Street next to my neighborhood there in Rockwall; we were not even 10 years old. The many laughters we had with the jokes we used to tell. The baseball team we played on together as young pre-teens....the list goes on. Life has lost a true soul here on Earth. Im going to miss you my friend. You had such a big heart for such a lil guy, lil man syndrome x 2. Be at peace my friend. Until we meet again...

Scott Coker Oct 9 2019 12:00 AM

Wade Reese Whitman with kids from Bucker Orphanage in Dallas. He created a program called Operation CEO where he volunteers teaching kids various "business" skills such a resume writing, interviewing, etc. He also teaches classes on how to build computers and each kid gets to keep the computer they build.

Pauletta Oct 8 2019 12:00 AM

You were my best friend for 33 yrs, my confidant. I will miss everything about you. Your funny faces and laugh. Your funny sayings. The smart, caring, passionate person we all adored. We always ended every phone call with "I love you". You will be forever in my heart

Dina Bell Oct 8 2019 12:00 AM

I had so many laughs on the bus with Reese when we were young. As we grew older, we rejoined and enjoyed some of the best bass fishing together that any man could ask for. We had a lot of laughs, a lot of helping others together, and maybe even a beer or more. He had a heart of gold, and will leave large empty space in so many of our lives. Rest In Peace my friend. Youre gone way too soon.

Jon Wilbeck Oct 7 2019 12:00 AM

We met in kindergarten and became buddies for life. You were a kind and caring man who would go out of your way to help anyone in need. Such a kind, and loving soul! Love you my friend, and I wish I would have told you that more!

Tabitha Jacobs Oct 6 2019 12:00 AM

R.I.P. Wade Reese Whitman Good buddy! I have great childhood memories of you racing around on your YZ 80. I tried my best to keep up on my Honda on dirt roads and you took the time to teach me how to do jumps over dirt mounds at the Shores when we where just kids. The laughs we had at my expense wrecking out over and over. It was your dream and passion of motocross gold and I nothing better to do....Gods speed! My deepest Condolences to family and friends.

Tom Taji Oct 6 2019 12:00 AM

"He can only be physically gone but never the life lived and the memories shared. Have faith and be strong, may his soul rest in peace."


Glen and AJ Oct 6 2019 12:00 AM

Rita, I am so sad and sorry to hear about Reese. He was my little buddy and I loved having him around and watching him grow up and taking him with us racing and teaching him about the things I knew about, and he taught me things too.

Dave Alsobrook Oct 6 2019 12:00 AM

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