Funeral arrangements made for couple killed in Gadsden County house fire

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By: Edan Schultz | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 18, 2017

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Quincy couple who died in a house fire will be laid to rest this weekend.

Funeral services will be held for Charlie Mae Allen Reed and Lee Roye Reese on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Moriah First Baptist Church in Quincy.

Burial will follow at Sunnyvale Cemetery.

Williams Funeral Home in Quincy is handling arrangements.

The couple died when their home on Shiloh Road caught fire just before noon on July 16th.

The State Fire Marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire.

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 17, 2017

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- It was a devastating weekend for a Gadsden County family as a house fire claimed the lives of an elderly husband and wife.

The fire happened at the couple's home in the 300 block of Shiloh Road around 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

The Quincy Fire Department was called back to the scene Monday after a family noticed smoke coming from the house. Authorities say flames had re-ignited.

"I lost everything," Reginald Allen said.

He isn't just talking about material items destroyed in the fire. His parents, 79-year-old Charlie Mae Allen Reed and 77-year-old Lee Roye Reese, died together inside their home.

Allen, who was the couple's only child, said, "My mom and dad. They were like the love of my life. My mom was like a hero to me. She was always there for me."

Allen lived with his parents but wasn't home at the time of the fire.

But, his uncle was. The family says the man tried to save his sister, but couldn't rescue her.

They say when he tried to save Reese, Reese chose to stay in the home with his wife.

"There's no words to describe how I feel," Allen said.

The couple's granddaughter, Shae Allen Robinson, was in church in Tampa when she heard the news.

She said, "There was a point where I felt weak, sick, couldn't walk. They prayed for me and just held me up and helped me to get through the day where I was able to get on the road."

Robinson says as a child, she loved walking through every room of the large home. Now, she's walking through what's left of it and hoping to find anything still intact.

She and her sisters surprisingly found what seemed like hidden treasures in the burned rubble. Allen also found a little luck with the discovery of one of his guitars.

It was a small happy moment in the midst of sorrow.

"They will be forever missed," said Allen.

The Fire Marshall says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 17, 2017

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 16, 2017

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- An elderly couple was killed in a house fire in Gadsden County Sunday morning.

Authorities say the fire broke out at a home on the 300 block of Shiloh Road just after 11:45 a.m.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office and the Quincy Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. When crews arrived, they were told a family member had attempted to save the two homeowners but was unsuccessful.

Charlie Mae Allen Reed and Lee Roye Reese were pronounced dead.

The fire is currently under investigation by the State Fire Marshal and the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

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