Reece Franklin Ebarb
ZWOLLE, LA - Reece Franklin Ebarb of Zwolle, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. He was born June 16, 1922 in Noble, LA. Reece was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Mary Emma Ebarb; brother, Arvil "Deuce" Ebarb; sister, Mary Hazel Austtun; brother-in-law, Carl Austtun; and nephew, Slade Champion. He leaves behind two siblings: sister, Mertie Rosado and husband James of Bossier City, LA and brother, Thomas Ebarb and wife Rosie of Shreveport, LA. He is also survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Reece enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He fought during World War II at the Battle of Normandy. He was one of only three surviving members of his platoon. He was awarded the highest honor of Purple Heart for the injuries he sustained during the war in Northern Italy.
Reece was a proud member of the VFW and DAV. He loved the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter. He was always willing to help others. Reece was also the second oldest member of the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle, LA.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Rosary at 6:46 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Zwolle, LA. A funeral mass will be officiated by Fr. Kenneth Williams on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church with military honors to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Zwolle, LA.
Reece will always be a hero and warrior to his country, family, and friends. He is now reunited with his platoon.
Pallbearers will be Allen Ebarb, Robert Ebarb, Hilton Ebarb, Thomas Ebarb, Jr., Stanley Garcia and Seth Stanfield.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.warrenmeadows.com.
Published in Shreveport Times on Mar. 7, 2013