Tillman Francis Reese

September 18, 1924 - January 2, 2013
Tillman Francis Reese

Tillman Francis Reese, 88, of Wilmington died Wednesday January 2, 2013, in Rockledge, FL.

Frank was born in Wilmington on September 18, 1924, the son of the late Tillman Francis and Annie Hodge Reese, and preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Sabra Gauntt.

Frank volunteered for service in the United States Army in 1943. He served with the 35th Infantry Division during the landing at Normandy, and liberation of France. After the war, Frank worked for the Wilmington Star News until 1951 and Washington Star News until he joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1963. He moved back to Wilmington in 1990 after retiring from the CIA.

Surviving are his children Ron and wife Cindi, of Fredericksburg, VA, Gary and wife Denise of Locust Grove, VA; brother James A. Reese and wife Barbara of Concord; sisters Ann Robinson of Hampstead, and Betty Prevatte and husband Whitey of Wilmington, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Winter Park Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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  • January 19, 2014
    Jill (Redden) Trawick says:
    I worked with Frank from 1980 to 1986. He was always very helpful and pleasant to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • January 19, 2014
    Roy Combs says:
    I am saddened to hear about the passing of Frank. I worked with him beginning in 1981 as the second person in a two person printing unit. I remember him as always the teacher with an understanding manner, ready smile, and hearty laugh. He taught me much during our time together and I am grateful for the3 chance to work with him. Roy Combs

  • January 22, 2014
    Joe Dickens says:
    I worked with Frank,very nice person, always willing to help. Sorry for your loss.