Obituary for Gerald E Rea Jr

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Gerald E Rea Jr

November 23, 1933 - February 21, 2013

Gerald E. Rea, Jr., age 79 went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday Morning, February 21, 2013 at the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was a resident of Deputy and former longtime resident of Nashville.

Gerald was born in Jefferson County on November 23, 1933 to his parents, the late Gerald E. Sr. and Martha (Monroe) Rea. After attending school, he went on to serve as a Private with the United States Army during the Korean War. Gerald married Vicy P. (Coffey) Rea on December 26, 1953 in Jellico, Tennessee. Vicy preceded him in death on April 22, 2010 after 56 devoted years.

Gerald retired in 1991, after 33 years of service, as the owner and operator of Rea's Oil Company in Nashville. During that time he was a school bus driver for Brown County Schools and also delivered water & heating oil to the residents of Brown County.

He was a member of the Lick Branch Baptist Church in Deputy and wintered with his wife in Thonotosassa, FL. Gerald enjoyed traveling out west and seeing historical places that he had read about in books. He also enjoyed gardening, bee keeping and visiting with his family and friends. Gerald was a man of strong convictions with strong family values. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

He is survived by his three children: Brenda (Jay) Longtin of Brown County, Beverly (Rick) Vasquez of Brown County and Dale (Stacey) Rea of Angier, NC. Gerald will be remembered by his siblings: Diane Collins of Madison, Ronald Rea of North Vernon, Tommy Rea of Madison & Allen Rea of Columbus; seven grandchildren: Buck & Leigh Ann Melton, Manuel Vasquez, Nina Lucas, Jessica Williamson, Greg & Crystal Rea; and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother: Raymond Rea.

The Rev. Jim Ranard will conduct a funeral service at 11:00 am, Saturday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Bellsville Cemetery in Brown County with Military Rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard. A meal will immediately follow the burial at the Harmony Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Gerald to the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St. Columbus, IN 47201.

Condolences may be sent to the Rea family at Info. 812-597-4670


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Born: November 23, 1933
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Rhonda & Gary Kelp posted on 1/1/00

I am so sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. Will pray for God's peace and comfort for your family!!! Will miss sending him cards! God Bless!!!


Harry and Norma Crouch posted on 1/1/00

May you find comfort in beautiful memories of times you spent together. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy.


Daniel Colson posted on 1/1/00

I will always have fond memories of Mr.Gerald Rea. Working for him at the Pay-Less and hanging out there.Sometimes doing both at the same time .I remember him telling me more than once,during the coldest winter nights, to leave Charley (the town dog AKA THE MAYOR) inside when I closed the station for the night . He was a good man and I'm sorry for your loss.


Crystal Coffey-Baker posted on 1/1/00

Praying for peace and guidance during the difficult days ahead. He was a precious soul, and we loved him very much.


Cindy Smith posted on 1/1/00

Dale - We went all through school together, but haven't seen each other in a while. I wanted you and your family to know how sorry I am to hear of your dad's passing. I have wonderful memories of him bringing water to my mom & dad's house when I was growing up..had the most fun watching him work with that big water truck! He was such a wonderful man who my family has always thought alot of. Mom & Dad, Ben & Wanda Smith, wanted me to also give you their condolences as they thought so much of Gerald. You will all be in our prayers during this very difficult time in life. Sincerely, Cindy & Family


Raymond and Diane Thompson posted on 1/1/00

We are so sorry for your loss. Gerald was always such a great neighbor who never missed our garage sale. He was a good mentor for Robbie, our nephew, when he hired him at the gas station in Nashville. We have missed him since he moved to be close to his siblings. You all have our sympathy and prayers. May he and Vicey rest in peace together.


Jon Bryan posted on 1/1/00

Mr. Rea left a lasting mark on my life, from looking forward to him delivering water (and a lollipop) as a child, to the "straight forward" direction given to a wayward teen (in a way only Mr. Rea could deliver), to the great visits we had as an adult. He will be missed, but never forgotten. My Condolences to the family.


Mr. & Mrs. Donald Gorbett posted on 1/1/00

Our deepest sympathy


Mary Hoover Sharpe posted on 1/1/00

Brenda, i am so sorry for the loss of your father. There are no words that help ease the pain of loosing a loved one. hold on to the memories and talk about them often and keep them in your hearts. but knowing they are out of pain and suffering makes it a little easier. Prayers for comfort, healing and just going on with living. hugs to all of you


Terresa L. (Terri) Branham posted on 1/1/00

My sympathies and prayers to your family during this time of loss.