My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Reese. I just learned about his insightful article today and I am inspired to be part of the change! I'm sorry his words were lost in the shuffle since he first shared these truths nearly 20 years ago. I hope the time has come <3
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This is the second time I feel sad regarding the late Mr. Reese , the 1st was when he stopped writing , which meant we were no longer at the privilege of enjoying his brilliant ideas , style , genuineness , honesty and transparency of a free thinker , I tried always to see if returned to writing so he was on my Google alert .
This time I'm very sorry and sad for the loss of this distinguished human being whom Ive never met , or talked to I was just one of his readers.
Since the very first time I read an article of He, I was fascinated with the agile style where he could condense great sophisticated ideas in short and simple phrases and make it easy for ordinary people like us to comprehend, let alone the "original intent” or the "545".
Unfortunately I don't have Charley's daughter contact I convey my condolences and deep respect to her late outstanding father , he may rest in peace.
I met up with Charley about 20 years ago in Orlando while there on a convention. We discussed the social issues of the day and I followed his columns as often as I could. Even though I did not always agree, I admired his knowledge and ability. So sorry to hear of his passing.
My heartfelt sympathy to your family in this sad time. I read your column every time I saw it in the paper and appreciated not only your integrity but honesty in writing the TRUTH. I am truly saddened by this loss.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen
Charlie and I were friends thtough high school but lost contact only through occasional occasions and thriugh his column.
Charlie and I had a warm competition during our Sophomore and Junior years at PHS. I loved to debate with him and he loved to correct my syntax. He was fun and stimulating. I regret losing touch with him and all my classmates.Perhaps we will meet in the great debate club in the hereafter. Ray Pennington Montgomery
A wonderful guy and a close friend in high school. His talent will be missed.
Charley Reese was an excellent writer and one we enjoyed reading until the day he retired. Loved that he was a PHS grad. Many blessings to his family,
Didn't always agree with him, but was proud to call him a classmate!
The Rev. Canon Michael G. Carr
When Charley was in the 8th grade at in Pensacola, he was the star reporter already of our little newspaper. He wrote articles explaining what was going on in the world from his reading Time magazine and the Pensacola News Journal. Years later, he worked at the Pensacola News Journal and reported real local news with a Charley twist that isn't found at many small newspapers any more.
Such a rare wise man...
I am so sorry to hear of Charley's passing. I always enjoyed his columns. I remember Charley in his younger years as we were in the same English Class at PHS. My deepest sympathy to the family.
News of Charley Reese's death is indeed sad. Mr. Reese was a fine writer. His articles, which often championed what was the best of American and the Southern culture, were concise, pragmatic, and persuasive. His voice is already terribly missed. Mr. Reese, thank you for fighting the good fight, rest in peace, and deepest sympathies to your family.
Just a reader, but an author. Never as anyone touched a pen, typewriter, or computer with whom I agreed with more on a wide scope of issues. With Royko, my favorite columnist of all time. Best to his family.
I shared 10 years of smoke brakes and lunch consersations. I remember the day we took your typewriter and the 10 pound candy bar from Hersey.
Years ago I remember stuffing envelopes for/with Charley and a couple of other friends late into the evening promoting his Sunbelt Syndicate. He was a calm level hearted soul, so easy to be around. Can never forget that slight, then a bit tilted smile, what a gentle man, a beloved man. Heaven will be abuzz! Christine Miller
Having read all of Charley's columns, sometimes twice to make sure I hadn't missed anything, one got my attention when he mentioned going "back to his roots", surrounded by Little River, Boneville, Ga. and Happy Valley. Having grown up in Boneville myself, in that part of the country that made us almost kin. Asking around, I found out that Charley's dad was manager of the coca-cola bottling plant in Thomson and Charley had played with the brother of a good friend of mine. She said they "played hard", just as Charley "wrote hard". He has been and will be missed.
Charley was an authentic American. He wrote what many people wanted to say. Charley was a pistol, and carried one in his younger days. Yes, he was small in stature, quiet and Southern-polite. But he was fearless in the tradition of Old Hickory, one of his heroes.
RIP Charley. And heartfelt condolences to his family.
I read him on LewRockwell.com. His worldview was an interesting stew of old-fashioned Republican conservatism, Southern populism, and libertarianism. Very skeptical of our nation's endless foreign engagements. A great columnist.
Rest In Peace Mr Reese, you were the best of the best.
I respected Charley Reese .I read his column. I missed him. Thanks for being Charley Reese.
Growing up in Orlando you had to know who Charley Reese was due to his outstanding journalism/column. May God Bless Charley's family and may his memory be eternal.
I knew Charley Reese only through his writing, but really admired and respected his insight and literary talent. Condolences to his Family and Friends.
Behind the gruff exterior a real softie lurked. When we served on the board of the Central Florida Zoo, watching Charley get downright mushy over a newborn animal after he'd just finished the verbal roast of some politician created memories that lead to smiles even today. He was quality through and through.
Rest in peace Charley. You are one of the few political columnist that I respected. Always logical, accurate and moral. You still inspire me years later.
Charley was my pod mate at the Sentinel until he retired. He was a sweet, funny Southern gentleman and a sharp writer who told it like he saw it. His public persona of the tough-guy columnist was nothing like the soft-spoken family guy he was. He taught me a lot about human nature, and I enjoyed all the bantering at the editorial board meetings and our Channel 13 gig, "I'm right, you're wrong." He was a special man who always put his three children before anything else. My deepest condolences to his three children, Ben, Teddy and Alice. Their lives were his priority. Thanks Charley, for the wonderful memories!
As a young journalist he taught me so much ... about the news business and about life. He loved to wear a cynical facade, behind which lurked one of the kindest, sweetest, funniest guys I ever knew -- so proud of his family, so devoted to his country and so smart. He never wrote about something until he knew it inside and out. One of the finest gentlemen I've ever known.
I always enjoyed reading Charley's columns and learned a lot from his thoughtful insight. It will be a long time before someone inspires us the way he did. RIP, Charley.
Charley, I certainly will miss you, your wit and humor were the best. You were a good man, a voice for us conservatives. May God rest your soul.
I remember a journalist who took his work seriously and life lightly. He was tolerant of his liberal friends, and smiled a lot. Aloha, Charley.
Charley was the consummate gentleman and a wonderful, steadfast friend. So very sad today. Thoughts and prayers are with Alice and Charley's family, of whom he was so very proud.
When I started at the Sentinel in 1989, he was the first syndicated columnist I ever met! I remember how he was one of the last to begrudgingly trade his typewriter for a computer. Salty - the way old journalists were supposed to be. He gets a mention in my recent book - the chapter on telling it like it is - I admired him a lot.
Mr. Reese will be remembered as a clear voice of logic and reason to those of us who enjoyed his columns for so many years. His views certainly enlivened many breakfast conversations in my home. God rest him and provide solace to his loved ones.
Charley, you were one of the best of the best. I've missed your unusually frank and sharp wit since you're retirement. Although you were always a conservative, you managed to avoid the "me-too" bleating of most of the conversative op-ed writers. You were always unique.
Go with God friend, I'm praying for your soul.
I am honored to have known Charley not only as a colleague but as a friend. We shared "beer, bullets and BBQ" and editorials on crime and justice. Charley was going to walk me down the aisle to marry my cop husband if my dad become too emotional to do it. RIP, Charley. My life is better because I shared it with you. Wendy Spirduso Sarubbi