McMinnville resident and Grundy County native Elijah Rhea, 88, was born Oct. 10, 1923 and died Nov. 7 at his residence following an extended illness.
The retired owner of Rhea Paving, Grundy Limestone, McMinnville Stone and Van Buren Stone, a United States Navy veteran of World War II and member of the Church of Christ, he was the son of the late Oscar and Ethel Scott Rhea. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Elma Wooten, Gladys Winton, Vonda Lewis and Lillie Rhea; special aunt, Lena Rhea and three brothers, Aud, Houston and Lawson Rhea.
He was married to Sammie Fults Rhea of McMinnville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Jeff Jansen of Murfreesboro; two sons, Ronnie Rhea and Barry Cole, both of McMinnville; son-in-law, Randy Grissom of McMinnville; six grandchildren, Keenan Lee, Lauren Grissom, Benji Grissom, Warner Cole and Mercy and Truth Jansen; two great-grandchildren; special niece, Debbie Keaton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and H.B. Scott, and Frances and Bill Baker, all of McMinnville, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in High’s Chapel with Kevin Deason, Jo Ellen Young and John Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery with full military honors administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday at High’s.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Nov. 9, 2011