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Gerald Rea Jr., 79, Deputy

Gerald E. Rea, Jr., 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2013 at 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 Nov. 23, 1933, to Gerald E. Sr. and Martha (Monroe) Rea, who preceded him in death.

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 Dec. 26, 1953 in Jellico, Tenn. Vicy preceded him in death on April 22, 2010, after 56 devoted years.

Gerald retired in 1991 after 33 years of service as 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 residents of Brown County.

He was a member of Lick Branch Baptist Church in Deputy and wintered with his wife in Thonotosassa, Fla. 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 and Beverly (Rick) Vasquez, both 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 a brother, Raymond Rea.

The Rev. Jim Ranard will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown.  Friends can call from 4- 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 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 can be sent in honor of Gerald to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St. Columbus, IN 47201.

Condolences can be sent to the Rea family at www.meredith-clark.com.

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  • December 18
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 18
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West