James L. Rees

Published 6:24 pm Saturday, April 19, 2008

By Staff
Mr. James Lester “Jim” Rees, a resident of Greenville, died Thursday, April 17, 2008.
A service of the Holy Eucharist will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville. Burial will follow in the church’s columbarium.
Mr. Rees was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Lancaster, Pa., the second son of Dr. Lester Celestine Rees and Alta Marie Zecher Rees. He attended Franklin and Marshall College. He graduated from Millersville State College (Pa.) in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He received a master’s degree in public address from Syracuse University in 1966 in public address. His career included positions with radio stations in Lancaster, Pa., high-school teaching in Millersville, Pa., and faculty appointments at East Carolina University, beginning in 1966. He retired as professor emeritus from the ECU School of Communication.
Survivors include two sons, Carl Jamieson Rees and David Winborne Rees, both of Greenville; a brother, Charles John Rees of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Diane Aubrey Erwin Rees.
The family will receive friends following the ceremony in the church parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Lester and Alta Rees Memorial Scholarship for communication students at ECU. Checks indicating contributions to the scholarship may be mailed to the ECU Foundation, Suite 1100, 2200 S. Charles Boulevard, Greenville, NC 27858.
Arrangements are by Wilkerson Funeral Home, Greenville.