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Celebrating the life of
BM2 Ricky Allen Reese, Jr.
Passed away on August 01, 2019
United States Coast Guard
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Thursday, August 08, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:00 a.m. - Friday, August 09, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Interment
  • - Friday, August 09, 2019
  • Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park
  • 1600 Wheaton Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-234-3458

We are so,so sorry for your loss! You all are in our thoughts and prayers!

The Miley Family, Rincon, Ga

My thoughts and prayers are with you always. My son Cody served with Ricky on the Neah Bay, I had the pleasure of meeting him last year. You raised a fine young man and I am proud of all his accomplishments too. Thank you for your service and his.

Irene Riordan, Melrose Park, IL

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I was so PROUD of Little Ricky and what a great young man he turned out to be. And very THANKFUL for his service. He was always such a loving and caring person. He never forgot asking about "Coach Bob" and Jimmy every time we spoke/texted. You raised a good son. My sincerest sympathy and I hope you can find peace and comfort from the wonderful memories of Ricky. I always considered him one of my "sons" since he was on so many of our soccer teams. We loved him like our own.Please let God's arms wrap around you in this time of need.

Patty Fletcher, Bloomingdale, GA

I love you all and I am so sorry for the loss.The Blessing is that we Will SEE him again.My ? goes out to his and our Family

Regina, Cleves, OH

We love our Coasties. Our son in law has made it his career. Our hearts break for your family. Praying for you and yours.

gwen kuhns, savannah, Georgia

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family Tammy. I met your son years ago and I thought he was a new team member with us at Home Depot?. He didn't let on that he wasn't when we broke out in groups. I asked him to perform the exercise and he politely told me he doesn't work here. He was a very funny, cool guy who will missed dearly.

Kelvin Thomas , Savannah , Ga

I knew Ricky for about 4 years and he was a great guy. We sailed together on the Eagle across the pond to Europe, we checked out many sweet spots in Norway and Germany. I will miss him terribly, we were suppose to hang out this past week in Yorktown. I know you are working Aton up there at heavens gate. Love ya homie.

Spencer Kelly, Chesapeake, Virginia

I didn't know Ricky.I am Audrey and Morgans Grandmother and I do know they love d him very much...I am praying for all of you at this time..,,,,Wanda Benton

Wanda Benton, Ridgeland, SC

I am so very sorry for your loss. What an unexpected tragedy for all of us who knew him. I was his former teacher at Manhattan High School and enjoyed Facebook conversations with him keeping up with his accomplishments with the Coast Guard. When Ken and Ricky were making the cross country trip, he contacted me and we shared some barbeque at a Manhattan restaurant with two of his other teachers. He told us of his great adventures on the Eagle and in Europe. It was great to see him in person. He was the perfect high school student to have in class: respectful, engaged, and always tried his best. He was always happy....You raised a good son. My sincerest sympathy and I hope you can find peace and comfort from the wonderful memories of Ricky. Tish Simpson

Tish Simpson, Manhattan, Kansas

Praying for his family, Ricky has had a positive influence on my son Jonathan Hatchett also his shipmate.

Tina Hatchett, Williamson, GA

My sincere and heart felt sympathy in the passing of this sweet young man. I will be lifting you all up in my prayers for peace and comfort.

Rhonda Hicks-Reese, McDonough, GA

I am so very sorry for your loss! My heart and prayers go out to you guys. I can not imagine your grief at this time, I just pray that you lean on God for comfort. May he lighten your spirit and lift some of the sorrow. (Earline Crosby/Padgett's Granddaughter)

Wendy Strickland , Ellabell, Ga

We were so sad to hear the news about Ricky. Although we had never met him, we heard about him from both Earl and Elizabeth (Robinson). They were so very fond of him as their nephew and so proud of him as the man he was. We have made a donation in Ricky’s memory to the Coast Guard Foundation to pass along his legacy of service to others. We pray for your continued comfort.

Bill and Linda Elkins, Eufaula, Al

My heart and prayers are with you. I’ll see you Thursday.

Edward Wells , Savannah , Ga

I’m so sorry to hear about Ricky. He was a wonderful and caring young man. During this difficult time may his loved ones keep this promise from God in mind ; “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.” - Isaiah 41:10

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Tammy, y'all are in my thoughts and prayers. May the good Lord wrap his arms around yall and give you comfort in this difficult time. Love you

Mollie, Winona, Mn

I met Ricky a few years back through my cousin in Jacksonville and immediately upon meeting for the first time he was one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of meeting. His personality and attitude can change anyone's mood to one of joy and happiness. Hearing the news of what happened broke my heart and my thoughts go to his family. But I thank Ricky for the impact he left me while I knew him, he made me feel welcomed whenever I was around and he was always a joy to be around. Rest easy buddy, thanks for the memories.

Andres Rodriguez, Jacksonville, FL

We love our Coasties, we are family, and we grieve with you on the tragic loss of Ricky who served with our son aboard USCGC Spar. We will remember Ricky and all of you in our prayers. God rest and bless his beautiful soul and grant you His peace to comfort you.

Susan and Ron Filippone, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tammy and family, So sorry to hear this tragic news. We hope your grief passes quickly, and that you only have happy memories of your time together. Kevin and Jeneen Smith

Kevin and Jeneen Smith, Savannah, Ga

God Bless you and THANK YOU for your service I will never forget RIP HERO

suzanne leemkuil, meridian, ms

My prayers are with your family at this time. May God comfort you with his loving arms. Thank you for you service I salute you. ????

Frankie J Williamson, Savannah, Ga

I'm am so very sorry tammy for the loss of your son. My heart aches for you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you lay your son to rest?

Kourtney Boggan , Four oaks, NC

Tammy we are so very sad that you have to go through such a loss and we are all praying for comfort and know he is with you in your heart for always. Prayers. Uncle Buck and family

Donna Thomson, Savannah , Ga

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences at this most challenging time. Sending prayers for you and your family.

Anna Tompkins, Savannah, Ga.

To the surviving family of Ricky Reese, I offer my heartfelt condolence for the loss of your loved one. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Ricky, but have been very close to many of his survivors. God bless the family, Ricky, may you for ever RIP, and God speed to your newly appointed duty in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

Reginald Terrell, Savannah, Georgia

Forever in my heart,I love you bub. Until I see you again.

Ashley Zempel and family, Sedalia, MO


Ricky Reese, Jr., age 25, of Guyton was called home to the Lord on August 1, 2019.  Ricky graduated from boot camp on September 11, 2015 and was currently a Boatswain’s Mate 2nd. Class of the United States Coast Guard stationed in Kodiak, Alaska where he served on the cutter Spar.  Prior to Kodiak, Ricky was first stationed in Jacksonville, Florida serving on the cutter Maria Bray and his second assignment was in Cleveland, Ohio serving on the cutter Neah Bay. Ricky always had a positive attitude.  He was kind, loving and always happy.  He was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back.  He loved his family, friends and Coasties unconditionally.  He enjoyed watching football, baseball, soccer & Nascar.  Soccer being his first love, he was a natural on the field.  You could often find him at the race track working on his uncle's go kart cheering him on.  Since entering the Coast Guard, Ricky started hiking and rock climbing.  He was full of life and just getting started.  The world lost a beautiful soul and we will not be the same without him.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather Walker Newsome, Jr. and grandmother Dorothy Reese.

Ricky is survived by his mother Tammy (Kenneth) Robinson, father Ricky Reese, sisters Ashley Williams Zempel, Audrey Inman, Morgan Robinson, Tiffany Reese, Ashley Reese and brother Josh Reese, grandmother Mary Kirby, grandfather Jim Paul Reese, grandparents Kenneth Earl and Linda Robinson, uncle Walker (Dana) Newsome, uncle Kenneth Earl (Denise) Robinson, Jr., aunt Becky (Mark) Keen, aunt Peggy (Charles) Tucker, aunt Kimberly (Bruce) Knighton, cousins Greg (Stephanie) White, Donny (Becca) Keen, Dale (Casey) Bieber, Jessica (Chris) Cartwright, Sarah Wilkinson several second cousins and nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

The funeral service will be Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

Interment will follow in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park with full military honors.

Remembrances:  Coast Guard Foundation or salsalabs.org

 

SHARE YOUR CONDOLENCES

  

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We are so,so sorry for your loss! You all are in our thoughts and prayers!

The Miley Family, Rincon, Ga

My thoughts and prayers are with you always. My son Cody served with Ricky on the Neah Bay, I had the pleasure of meeting him last year. You raised a fine young man and I am proud of all his accomplishments too. Thank you for your service and his.

Irene Riordan, Melrose Park, IL

Candle tribute lit by Patty Fletcher — Georgia

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I was so PROUD of Little Ricky and what a great young man he turned out to be. And very THANKFUL for his service. He was always such a loving and caring person. He never forgot asking about "Coach Bob" and Jimmy every time we spoke/texted. You raised a good son. My sincerest sympathy and I hope you can find peace and comfort from the wonderful memories of Ricky. I always considered him one of my "sons" since he was on so many of our soccer teams. We loved him like our own.Please let God's arms wrap around you in this time of need.

Patty Fletcher, Bloomingdale, GA

Candle tribute lit by Amber Hatchett — Alaska

I love you all and I am so sorry for the loss.The Blessing is that we Will SEE him again.My ? goes out to his and our Family

Regina, Cleves, OH

We love our Coasties. Our son in law has made it his career. Our hearts break for your family. Praying for you and yours.

gwen kuhns, savannah, Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Jessica Keatts — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Cristina Garza — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Dwayne and Siriwan Simpson — Georgia

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family Tammy. I met your son years ago and I thought he was a new team member with us at Home Depot?. He didn't let on that he wasn't when we broke out in groups. I asked him to perform the exercise and he politely told me he doesn't work here. He was a very funny, cool guy who will missed dearly.

Kelvin Thomas , Savannah , Ga

Candle tribute lit by Sean and Rhonda Aiken — Georgia

I knew Ricky for about 4 years and he was a great guy. We sailed together on the Eagle across the pond to Europe, we checked out many sweet spots in Norway and Germany. I will miss him terribly, we were suppose to hang out this past week in Yorktown. I know you are working Aton up there at heavens gate. Love ya homie.

Spencer Kelly, Chesapeake, Virginia

I didn't know Ricky.I am Audrey and Morgans Grandmother and I do know they love d him very much...I am praying for all of you at this time..,,,,Wanda Benton

Wanda Benton, Ridgeland, SC

I am so very sorry for your loss. What an unexpected tragedy for all of us who knew him. I was his former teacher at Manhattan High School and enjoyed Facebook conversations with him keeping up with his accomplishments with the Coast Guard. When Ken and Ricky were making the cross country trip, he contacted me and we shared some barbeque at a Manhattan restaurant with two of his other teachers. He told us of his great adventures on the Eagle and in Europe. It was great to see him in person. He was the perfect high school student to have in class: respectful, engaged, and always tried his best. He was always happy....You raised a good son. My sincerest sympathy and I hope you can find peace and comfort from the wonderful memories of Ricky. Tish Simpson

Tish Simpson, Manhattan, Kansas

Praying for his family, Ricky has had a positive influence on my son Jonathan Hatchett also his shipmate.

Tina Hatchett, Williamson, GA

Candle tribute lit by Jackie Wilkinson — Georgia

My sincere and heart felt sympathy in the passing of this sweet young man. I will be lifting you all up in my prayers for peace and comfort.

Rhonda Hicks-Reese, McDonough, GA

Candle tribute lit by Bill Centers — Ohio

I am so very sorry for your loss! My heart and prayers go out to you guys. I can not imagine your grief at this time, I just pray that you lean on God for comfort. May he lighten your spirit and lift some of the sorrow. (Earline Crosby/Padgett's Granddaughter)

Wendy Strickland , Ellabell, Ga

We were so sad to hear the news about Ricky. Although we had never met him, we heard about him from both Earl and Elizabeth (Robinson). They were so very fond of him as their nephew and so proud of him as the man he was. We have made a donation in Ricky’s memory to the Coast Guard Foundation to pass along his legacy of service to others. We pray for your continued comfort.

Bill and Linda Elkins, Eufaula, Al

My heart and prayers are with you. I’ll see you Thursday.

Edward Wells , Savannah , Ga

Candle tribute lit by Jaimie Bolden — Tennessee

Candle tribute lit by Eric Hunt — Texas

I’m so sorry to hear about Ricky. He was a wonderful and caring young man. During this difficult time may his loved ones keep this promise from God in mind ; “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.” - Isaiah 41:10

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Candle tribute lit by Runo — Florida

Tammy, y'all are in my thoughts and prayers. May the good Lord wrap his arms around yall and give you comfort in this difficult time. Love you

Mollie, Winona, Mn

Candle tribute lit by Mollie Boggan — Minnesota

Candle tribute lit by Frank Joyner — Georgia

I met Ricky a few years back through my cousin in Jacksonville and immediately upon meeting for the first time he was one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of meeting. His personality and attitude can change anyone's mood to one of joy and happiness. Hearing the news of what happened broke my heart and my thoughts go to his family. But I thank Ricky for the impact he left me while I knew him, he made me feel welcomed whenever I was around and he was always a joy to be around. Rest easy buddy, thanks for the memories.

Andres Rodriguez, Jacksonville, FL

We love our Coasties, we are family, and we grieve with you on the tragic loss of Ricky who served with our son aboard USCGC Spar. We will remember Ricky and all of you in our prayers. God rest and bless his beautiful soul and grant you His peace to comfort you.

Susan and Ron Filippone, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Candle tribute lit by Hannah Grimes — Georgia

Tammy and family, So sorry to hear this tragic news. We hope your grief passes quickly, and that you only have happy memories of your time together. Kevin and Jeneen Smith

Kevin and Jeneen Smith, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by suzanne leemkuil — Mississippi

God Bless you and THANK YOU for your service I will never forget RIP HERO

suzanne leemkuil, meridian, ms

My prayers are with your family at this time. May God comfort you with his loving arms. Thank you for you service I salute you. ????

Frankie J Williamson, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Jon Clover — Alabama

Candle tribute lit by Patsy and David Davis — South Carolina

I'm am so very sorry tammy for the loss of your son. My heart aches for you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you lay your son to rest?

Kourtney Boggan , Four oaks, NC

Candle tribute lit by Kourtney Boggan — North Carolina

Candle tribute lit by The Wells Family — Georgia

Tammy we are so very sad that you have to go through such a loss and we are all praying for comfort and know he is with you in your heart for always. Prayers. Uncle Buck and family

Donna Thomson, Savannah , Ga

Candle tribute lit by Donna Thomson — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by kelly morrison — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Jason and Andrea Cioc — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Daniel Brewer — Arizona

Candle tribute lit by Mr. & Mrs. Troy & Kimberly Williams and family — Georgia

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences at this most challenging time. Sending prayers for you and your family.

Anna Tompkins, Savannah, Ga.

To the surviving family of Ricky Reese, I offer my heartfelt condolence for the loss of your loved one. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Ricky, but have been very close to many of his survivors. God bless the family, Ricky, may you for ever RIP, and God speed to your newly appointed duty in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

Reginald Terrell, Savannah, Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Diane jarrell Boutwell and family — Georgia

Forever in my heart,I love you bub. Until I see you again.

Ashley Zempel and family, Sedalia, MO

Candle tribute lit by Ashley williams — Missouri


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