Carolyn Reese, wife of Ray Dean Reese of The Kingsmen, has unexpectedly passed away. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Earlier this year, in January, Carolyn suffered a fall at home. She was discovered by Brandon Reese's wife, Shannon, who traveled after midnight to check on her after Brandon called multiple times with no answer from his mom. Carolyn was extremely dehydrated and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Fearing broken bones from the fall, Carolyn underwent multiple tests and x-rays but suffered no broken bones.
Then later in May this year, Carolyn was hospitalized in Asheville, North Carolina, after doctors discovered she was battling pneumonia. Carolyn was rushed to the hospital after she began experiencing difficulty breathing. Bryan Hutson of the quartet reports via Facebook that Carolyn is now in ICU as doctors work to lower her fever and stabilize her blood pressure.
For more than a half a century, no group has secured such a far reaching legacy like that of The Kingsmen Quartet. Since 1956, this group has risen from humble beginnings in the mountains of western North Carolina to one of the most beloved and innovative groups in Christian music. Countless renowned artists have been a part of this great lineage; such as Eldridge Fox, "Big" Jim Hamill, Ray Dean Reese, Squire Parsons, Johnny Parrack, Anthony Burger, Ernie Phillips, Gary Sheppard, and a host of others. The momentum has not stopped as this group continues to help define the Southern Gospel genre for a whole new generation of music lovers, perhaps more so than any other group.