At the break of Christmas Day, we felt the angels singing, “He is now at peace and comfort will come, gently to the hearts of those he loved.”

CANTON — Our hearts are heavy, as we have lost a man that has been a blessing to so many throughout the 92 years of his full and wonderful life.

Clyde Anderson Reece peacefully passed away at his home on Dec. 25, 2021, with his loving family at his side.

Clyde was born in the fall season of Oct. 8, 1929, at Big Creek in the Lake Logan Community of Haywood County and was the son of the late Ira Luther Reece and the late Lucy Love Inman Reece.

During his younger years he grew up at the Presbyterian Children’s Home in Black Mountain and later graduated from Black Mountain High School.

Mr. Reece was a U.S. Navy veteran having honorably and proudly served his country. He was employed at American Enka Corporation in the research department where he retired with 30 years of dedicated service.

His great love for the outdoors and being among the mountains where he was born and raised continued all throughout his life, as Clyde enjoyed hunting and fishing and also gardening during the summer seasons.

He was indeed a man who gave back to his community and during his 70’s and 80’s he served as a volunteer with Haywood Habitat for Humanity constructing many homes for families in our area.

A man of strong faith, Mr. Reece was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Waynesville. We shall always treasure the wonderful memories of Clyde Anderson Reece and the example that he has been to his family and his many friends. He has been a blessing in our lives each and every day.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and six sisters.

Surviving are his loving wife of 67 years, Betty Clontz Reece of Canton; a daughter, Karen Sluder (Randy); sons, Scott Reece (Wanda) and Gary Reece; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Reece.

A celebration of life service to honor and remember Mr. Reece will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville. The Rev. Riley Covin and the Rev. Holly Davis will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Reece to Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families, Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Reece family. Words of comfort may be shared at

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