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RETURN TO BLAKE'S ART

A SALUTE TO

A SALUTE TO

RAYMOND REESE

By Don Henderson Malakoff 1957

 

Raymond "Dude" Reese will always remain one of my favorite Malakoff residents. This is intended to be a salute to his memory, or at least my memories of him. Though I was only 3 years old when he graduated in 1941, alas, as time passes, we all get "much" closer together in age. In 1941, Raymond was elected as Student Body President. I didn't learn this until my 1957 class started a controversy. We thought we had the very first student council at Malakoff High School, but someone from Raymond's class wrote a very nice letter to the Malakoff News telling that, indeed; Raymond Reese was the first Student Body president. Raymond worked in Kirby's at the time and we all knew him well, the smiling face that always greeted you and the one who never had an unkind word. He was president of the Student body in "1941"? Wow!! That was a long time ago!! That was 16 years ago!! Well, now I'm here today to tell you, that was not a long time!! Saluting someone like Raymond is easy because there are only positive memories of him. Raymond spent his entire life going to school and working in Malakoff. When Kirby's was no longer open, Raymond worked for Brookshire brothers and he still had that same friendly smile. When I was in college and came home for visits, one of the people that I always wanted to visit with was Raymond Reese. You always knew you would be uplifted just by having a short chat with him. This was when there was a real Downtown Malakoff and Raymond was a integral part of it. Raymond provided the people of Malakoff that same gentle disposition for almost 70 years. Raymond "Dude" Reese, I thank you for all of your kindness and your positive attitude. May you rest in peace.

 

 

LETTER WRITTEN ABOUT THE 1941 STUDENT COUNCIL