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Henry Reese Ivey Sr.

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IVEY SR., HENRY REESE, almost 90, of Marietta, GA, passed away December 28, 2010. Reese, as he preferred to be called, was born February 24, 1921 in Atlanta, GA, and was raised in south Georgia. Son of Julius Hamilton Ivey and Martha Tomlinson Ivey, he was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Hamilton and Tomlinson Ivey. Reese was valedictorian of Tifton High School in 1938 and graduated with a degree in Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1942. After graduation, he was employed at the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA, forerunner to NASA) during World War II, and worked as a civilian employee of the Air Force at Langley AFB in Hampton, VA, where he was awarded the Air Force's top commendation for civilian service. He married the former Margaret Vaughn Farmer in January of 1945. They had four children. In 1959, Reese and Margaret moved their young family to central Florida where Reese worked as an engineer for several US Department of Defense contractors. Always an entrepreneur at heart, he formed Wood-Ivey Systems Corporation which won recognition as Small Business Contractor of the Year from the DoD. After retirement, he and Margaret traveled around the world, spent time with their grandchildren and helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity in central Florida. Reese loved to run and cycle, and was an avid photographer. He was a nearly 50-year member of Winter Park Presbyterian Church. Reese and Margaret moved to Marietta, GA, in 2008 to live together near their son. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 67 years, Margaret; children, Henry Reese Ivey, Jr., of Roanoke, VA, William Hamilton Ivey of Marietta, GA, Susan Lee Ivey of Danville, CA, and Charles Tomlinson Ivey of Orlando, FL; grandchildren,
Rebecca and Sara Ivey of Richmond, VA, Jessica Ivey
Sheehy of Washington, DC,
Elizabeth Ivey of Marietta, GA,
Katrina Ivey Castelli of St. Louis, MO, Rachel Bernhard of Fremont, CA, and Lauren and Dan Bernhard of Danville, CA. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the or to the Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, Florida, 32792. Those who wish may send condolences or share a special memory at www.whitleygarner.com Arrangements by: Whitley Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134,
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Dec. 30, 2010
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