John Kenneth Reese, 59, Ethel, Louisiana, formerly of Knoxville, died Friday, December 15. He was a U.S. Army veteran and an avid outdoorsman. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Clarence and Mary Joann Reese; sister, Sandra Williams; and brothers, Carrol, Ronnie and Gary Reese. He was a dedicated husband, loving father, “Poppa”, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kathy Reese; daughter, Joanna Reese; son, Jonathan Reese and wife, Erin; grandson, Gunnar Reese; sisters, Frances Taylor, Patricia King and Nancy Reese; aunt, Frankie Good; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, December 22 at Rutledge Pike Baptist Church, with Bill Martin officiating. An interment was held in the church cemetery, with military honors provided by East TN Veteran Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers: Franklin Williams, Chad Hardin, David Reese, Randy Martin, Ean Martin, Elisha Martin, and Dusty Carroll. The family received friends at Rutledge Pike Baptist Church. Arrangements by Bridges Funeral Home, 5430 Rutledge Pike, [Text Wrapping Break](865) 523-4999.