Ralph Arthur Reese

October 19, 1946June 15, 2013
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Ralph Arthur Reese, 66, of Olive Branch, passed away June 15, 2013. The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch, and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at Temple Baptist Church, 8432 Germantown Road in Olive Branch. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Bartlett, TN. Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Ralph began his 47 year Law Enforcement career with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department in Topeka. After moving to the Memphis area, he served as a reserve deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, and he retired as a Captain with the Memphis Airport Authority Police Department after 26 years. Mr. Reese was a graduate of the FBI Academy's 198th session. Following his retirement, he continued his career at Northwest Mississippi Community College as a Police Officer, until his death. Mr. Reese was a proud U.S. Army Veteran and was an active member of Temple Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Adam and Dorothy Reese. Ralph is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gwen Reese; 2 sons, Jason T. Reese of Olive Branch and Chris H. Reese (Channing) of Brighton, CO; 2 grandchildren, Sara McCall-Reese and Jacob Reese; and 3 siblings, Robert, Vivian, and JoAnne, all of Topeka. Memorial contributions may be directed to Temple Baptist Church in Olive Branch. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 21, 2013

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Pearl McGlothian (NWCC-DesotoCenter)

June 21, 2013

Mrs. Reese, my prayers of comfort are with you and your family as you all journey through this season of bereavement. Ralph's dedication and quiet spirit will be missed here... May God continue to keep you.

Josh Filtz

June 20, 2013

It's not the same at NWCC without seeing Mr. Ralph here every night. He was a Godly man that I had the utmost respect for. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. God bless you Mr. Ralph.

Helena Ford(traffic specialist)

June 20, 2013

To Mrs.Reese and your family my heart and prayers go out to you'll Capt.Reese was my first captian when I first got employed by the 1998, he was on. the inteveiw board at the time and had faith in me that I could do the job.He was a captain who was fair kind and treated his officers with respect and had your back if you needed him too and if you were right in the actions you took.He's in GOD HANDS NOW FOR A GREATER REWARD I thank God that he passed through my life.may God bless and keep you'll always...

Robert Vester

June 18, 2013

To Gwen and family, I was shocked to hear of Ralph's home going, but you can be comforted knowing that he was a man of faith and he is now with the lord. During our time working together I always knew he had my back and I his' in any situations we found ourselves in.
God Bless you.

Officer Steve Green, Memphis Airport Police

June 18, 2013

Thank You Ralph for your leadership and mentoring during your career with the Memphis Airport Police. You are rememered in high regard for your work ethic, professionalism and fairness. You set the standards in the areas of firearms and tactical unit training that we strive to keep. Your influence continues within this department.

Donna White-Doty

June 17, 2013

Ralph was a special part of our family. His thoughtfulness, generosity and easy smile made his presence a joy to be around. I'll miss his love of photography and his goal to capture all the fun moments in life. Whenever we had a family gathering... there he was with his camera. We now have another guardian angel to watch over us. He will be greatly missed....

Audrey Lynn

June 17, 2013

Ralph was a loving father, husband, brother-in-law and friend. He was always willing to open his home. Had a joyful attitude and a hard worker.