Frellsen Reese

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Frellsen H. Reese

Mayor of Mangham
Richland Parish, Louisiana
In office

Born March 19, 1919
Baskin, Franklin Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died January 31, 2007 (aged 87)
Tyler, Texas
Resting place Gwin Memorial Cemetery in Mangham, Louisiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marjorie Wooten Reese
Children Robert Jeffery Reese

Marshall Quinn Blackwell, Sr. (stepson)

Alma mater Louisiana State University
Occupation Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, with service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War
Religion United Methodist

Frellsen H. Reese (March 19, 1919 – January 31, 2007) [1] was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Corps of Engineers who was the Republican mayor from 1980 to 1990 of the village of Mangham in Richland Parish, Louisiana, population 672 in the 2010 census.[2]

Reese was the youngest of nine children of Alabama native Hillard Hudson Reese (1876-1970) and the former Claudia Coyle (1878-1940). The family resided to the south of Mangham in Baskin in Franklin Parish, and the parents are interred there at the Coax Baptist Church Cemetery.[3] Reese graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in civil engineering. His 29-year career in the Army Corps of Engineer included service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was a United Methodist, a rancher, and a passionate hunter.[4]

In the fall of 1989, shortly before he left office in 1990, Mayor Reese proclaimed October 13 as "Coach Keith 'Moose' Munyan Day"  to honor Keith Owen "Moose" Munyan,[5] who served as a United States Marine in the Korean War, played football and baseball for Louisiana College in Pineville, and as the Mangham High School football coach netted 204 wins, 78 losses, and  6 ties in a 27-year career. Munyan led his Mangham teams to sixteen district championships.[6] As Reese left the mayor's office, another Republican, Royce Vernon Lowery (born September 1927), was elected to the village council, which then had two Democrats and two Independents serving as aldermen.[7] Another Mangham Republican, Robert Max Ross, launched losing bids for governor In 1971 and 1983 and for the United States Senate in 1984 and 1986. 

Reese died at the age of eighty-seven in Tyler, Texas, where his son, businessman Robert Jeffery Reese and wife, Janie, reside. He was also survived by a stepson, Marshall Quinn Blackwell, Sr. (1942-2011), an attorney in Monroe who resided in Mangham. He was the son of Reese's wife, the former Marjorie Wooten (1918-2000), from her previous marriage to Charles Quinn "C. Q." Blackwell, Jr. (1917-1985), a native of Jasper County in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.[8][9][10]

Charles Blackwell was an insurance claims adjuster who lost an appeal in 1969 before the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans in his challenge to a five-count conviction, including mail fraud and crossing state lines to engage in arson. At the time, the 5th Circuit covered Georgia, since transferred to the 11th Circuit.[11] Charles Blackwell's second wife, Margaret M. Blackwell, resides in Albany in Dougherty County, Georgia.[12]

Frellsen and Marjorie Reese and Marshall Blackwell, Sr., are interred at Gwin Memorial Cemetery in Mangham.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 LTC Frellsen Reese. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  2. 2010 Census data for City of Mangham, LA. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  3. Hillard Hudson Reese. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  4. Frellsen Reese - Message Boards. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  5. Keith Owen Munyan. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  6. Hall of Fame: Keith "Moose" Munyan. Louisiana College. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  7. Election Returns: Richland Parish (October 6, 1990). Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  8. Marshall Quinn Blackwell, Sr.. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  9. Charles Quinn Blackwell, Jr.. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  10. Marshall Blackwell obituary. Monroe News Star (March 18, 2011). Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  11. Charles Quinn Blackwell, Jr. v. United States of America. (January 16, 1969). Retrieved on September 22, 2017.
  12. Margaret Blackwell. Retrieved on September 22, 2017.