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John Edwin Rea

November 10, 1923 October 15, 2010
John Edwin Rea
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Obituary for John Edwin Rea

John Edwin Rea of 556 Mallard Cove, Roper, NC, died peacefully in his home on Friday, October 15, 2010. He was eighty-six (86) years old.
Mr. Rea was born on November 10, 1923 in Mecklenburg County to the late James Lathan Rea and Mary Bell Ardrey Rea. He spent his childhood days in the Wenona Community of Washington County. His family relocated to Roper where his father was superintendent of what is now the Vernon James Center.
Mr. Rea graduated from Plymouth High School and attended Mars Hill College and East Carolina University.
Enlisting in the United States Marine Corp on February 8, 1943, Mr. Rea achieved the rank of Sergeant and served in the Pacific Theater from September 1944 through March 1946. During this time period he participated in the occupation of China and in the offensive air action against enemy forces while in the Pacific. Special military qualifications included aircraft mechanic and was qualified as a rifle expert. He received an honorable discharge on April 15, 1946.
Mr. Rea was employed by Weyerhaeuser Company for twenty-nine (29) years. After his retirement from Weyerhaeuser, he continued to be active as a registered surveyor, established Rea Land Surveying, and worked in this capacity until he retired in 2001.
John met the love of his life, Garland E. Spruill and they were married on December 25, 1948. They became the proud parents of four children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Mr. Rea is survived by his wife of sixty-one (61) years, Garland S. Rea, one daughter, Linda Rea Blume and her husband Tom of Elon, NC, son, Robin L. Rea and his wife Kathy of Plymouth, NC and son Derek S. Rea of Roper, NC. Also surviving is his daughter-in-law, Susan R. Rea of Plymouth, NC and one brother Robert Rea and wife Helen of Kinston, NC.
Mr. Rea was predeceased by his son, John Edwin Rea, Jr. on July 17, 2005, his grandson, Jonathan Patrick Rea on September 30, 1998, a daughter-in-law, Bettie Willis Rea on November 26, 1996 and a brother, James L. Rea, Jr.
Surviving grandchildren include, Kristen Blume Fierro and husband Carlos, Letitia Rea Ambrose and husband Scotty, Melissa Rea Lee and husband Chris, Mia Blume, Lauren Rea and Lindsay Rea.
The great grandchildren of Mr. Rea are Jesse Ambrose, Josh Ambrose, Sonny Lee and Ava Fierro.
Mr. Rea was a member of First Baptist Church, Plymouth. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church with the Reverend Jimmy Hagwood officiating.
The family will receive visitors immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to: First Baptist Church, PO Box 400, Plymouth, NC 27962.

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