In Memory

Reggie Lessing

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09/29/10 08:45 PM #1    

William (Bill) George Core

Reggie was a dear and longtime friend of those of us who went to Bonham/Lincoln/Cooper.  We thought it odd that he did not arrive for the B/L mini-reunion last Saturday, as it turns out he had likely just expired.

Reggie worked for ATSF Railroad for many years.  Some dozen or so years ago, Reggie was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident that left him disabled.  Mark McCarty maintained regular contact with Reggie after Reggie's Mom died relatively recently.

10/02/10 10:59 AM #2    

Tony Morrow

Reggie was one of the first people I met when we moved to Abilene in April 1963.  We were in Mrs Stanley's 5th grade class at Bonham.  He was a very good friend of mine and a teammate on the football teams at Bonham Elementary and Lincoln Junior High.  He was the hardest hitter I ever saw and I was glad I didn't have to play against him.  Off the gridiron he was a warm, compassionate and gentle soul.  Reggie's intelligence was a very deep and quiet.  He could and would talk for hours, with great accuracy on virtually any subject one cared to talk about.  He will be missed.



Tony Morrow

10/02/10 03:17 PM #3    

Michael Horton

One of my earliest childhood memories was of wrestling Reggie somewhere in the neighborhood.  I first remember meeting Reggie in the Pioneer Baptist Church during our first three years of school. Bonham was too crowded so for the first three grades a lot of us went to Bonham/Pioneer.

The immediate neighborhood included Mark Davis, Wes Hill, Lanny Bouldin, Tony Morrow,and of course Reggie. He wasn't the fastest guy but once he started moving no one could stand up for long. Who or what could resist a freight train?

I remember the Dove hunting expeditions with our brothers and our dads on the Lessing farm and that the four boys would shoot up most of the shells but have very few birds to show for it. Does anyone else remember his AKC Sheppard Sigmund?: What a b i g  d o g !!

Reggie had a kind and deliberate demeanor that I think most of us envied. His strong Christian center grounded him and moulded his character in a way that rubbed off on every one he was around.  He was the kind of individual that earned immediate respect of everyone by just being there. In other words Reggie Lessing really did speak softly and carry a big stick.a 

At the reunion after dozens of inquires as to where he was, we all knew deep down that he would been there if he was O.K.. Obviously he wasn't O.K..

Reggie, You are deeply missed!

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