Carrie and Fred were married in Gilmer County on 19 December 1916. The couple had four children: Margaret, Ruby, Fred, and Frances.
On a Sunday in mid-February 1924, a couple months before her 29th birthday, Carrie committed suicide.
Atlanta Constitution (Georgia)
20 February 1924
Mrs. Carrie Reece
Mother of Four
Ends Own Life
Ellijay, Ga., February 19. -- (Special.) -- Following funeral services Monday for Mrs. Carrie Reece, who committed suicide at her home at East Ellijay Sunday, the husband and four children began the work of rebuilding the shattered home.
Mental disorder on account of a religious obsession is said to have been responsible for the act.
The children said that the mother came into the yard where they were at play and told them good-bye and that she then walked into the house and shot herself. The children stated that their mother acted strangely, and a note found in the Bible addressed to the husband and the oldest child indicated that the suicide was premeditated.
"I'm tired of this old sinful world, Meet me in heaven," the note read.
Carrie, her parents, stepmother, brother, sister-in-law, and husband all rest in Ellijay City Cemetery.
Wife of F. A. Reece
Apr 22, 1895
Feb 17, 1924
Farewell dear but not forever
There will be a glorious dawn
We shall meet to part - no never
On the resurrection morn
|Biddie Cooper Penland (sister-in-law, background)|
T. Y. Penland & Mary J. Penland (father & stepmother, foreground)