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, the son of 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 and heating oil to the residents of Brown County.
He was a member of 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, beekeeping 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 and Allen Rea of Columbus; seven grandchildren, Buck and Leigh Ann Melton, Manuel Vasquez, Nina Lucas, Jessica Williamson, Greg and 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 a.m. Saturday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Bellsville Cemetery in Brown County with Military Rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard. A meal will immediately follow the burial at Harmony Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Gerald to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St,. Columbus, IN 47201.
Condolences may be sent to the Rea family at www.meredith-clark.com. Information: (812) 597-4670.