Riki Dean Reece

Born on January 20, 1949

Departed on April 20, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Riki Dean Reece, 70, of Hendersonville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 20th, 2019. Riki was a homeless United States Army veteran who was well known to the Hendersonville community. Riki took up his post everyday on Indian Lake Boulevard at the WalMart entrance, where he would sell the Contributor newspaper. Riki always had a smile and a wave to those who passed by him and was always willing to engage in conversation.

A memorial service to honor Riki will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home on Friday, May 24th at 10:00AM. Following the service, Riki will be laid to rest with Military Honors in the Cremation Garden at Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Due to Riki not having any known family, we ask that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to any Veteran's organization.

The memorial service will be streamed live at 10:00AM at this link

5 Comments to Riki Dean Reece

  1. Charlene Klinger
    April 26, 2019 1:48 pm

    Riki was such a kind soul. We talked numerous times and we helped him as much as possible. It breaks my heart that he is gone but I know he’s in the arms of Jesus. Prayers for his loved ones.

  2. Jenny Forsyth
    April 26, 2019 3:07 pm

    I miss him

  3. Lisa
    April 27, 2019 12:27 pm

    Riki always had a smile on his face when he greeted you. He was a light in an otherwise uneventful day. I would be so excited to see him at his ‘post’ when leaving Walmart and looked forward to his kind words and beautiful twinkling blue eyes. He had a wonderful way of leaving you feeling better about life. Some people are indeed angels here on earth. I believe Riki was one of those angels, leaving the world a better place by just being himself. No pretenses, no worldly possessions to speak of. Just a willing spirit and a special ability to spread kindness and love.

    Thank you, Riki, for your service — not only to our Country, but to those whose lives you’ve touched in positive ways. It couldn’t have been easy some days, but well done, sir. Your lessons are duly noted and your infectious spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to look past the outward appearance and see through to the heart of you — and thank you for seeing the best in others. We all needed that! What a blessing you have been to many!

    You will be greatly missed by all of us whose hearts and lives you have touched.

    May the Lord bless and keep you in His good care.

    Looking forward to another place and time.

  4. Donnie D Morlan, NCC(SW), USN Retired
    May 22, 2019 7:41 am

    Rest in peace my brother in arms,
    We have the watch.

    May 22, 2019 9:27 am

    I never had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful veteran who touched all your lives so deeply (I am new to the area). I am so proud of Hendersonville for giving all of you the opportunity to wish Riki a final tribute and to know he is at peace in the hands of our Lord.

    God Bless you and thank you for your service for our country. It does saddens me that our country could not give back to you what you sacrificed for us.

    Rest in peace in the hands of our precious Lord.

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