Richard Lewis ‘Dick’ Rea Jr.

Published 3:16 pm Sunday, August 1, 2021

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Richard Lewis “Dick” Rea Jr., 86, of Belton, S.C., husband of Joyce Elaine Jones Rea, died on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Born in Asheville, he was the son of the late Richard Lewis “Bud” Rea Sr. and Annie Laurie Craig Rea. A U.S. Navy veteran, he retired from Electronic Data Systems, and was a member of Beech Springs Tabernacle. He was also a member of the Advance Masonic Lodge 710 where he served as former secretary, a former Master of the Asheville Lodge where he started in Masonry, and a former Boy Scout leader.

   In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Richard Lewis Rea III (Tammy), Harold Craig Rea (Debbie), Marisa Rea Southern (Tommy), Christopher Lewis Rea, Kelly Tweed Sluder (Evan), and Tonya Lynn Rea Wondolowski (Mike); son-in-law, James Bentley Sanders; a number of stepchildren; and a great number of grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Laurie Michelle “Micki” Sanders.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 at Gray Mortuary Chapel.

Memorials: A Storehouse for Jesus, 675 East Lexington Road, Mocksville.