Mr. Michael G. Rea, 57, of Hazlehurst, died March 17 in Community Hospice House in Vidalia, after an extended illness.
He was a lifelong resident of Jeff Davis County and worked 35 years with Hazlehurst Mills. He was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Graham. Michael was a “picker” and collected knives, antique toy cars, and enjoyed woodworking. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patty Elizabeth Courson Rea in 2018; and a sister, Mary Nell Bennett.
Mr. Rea is survived by one son, the Rev. Dr. Allen M. Rea and wife Kara; grandchildren, Katie, Hosanna, Isabella and Isaiah, all of Vidalia; step-daughters, Melissa Music of Monroe, and Holly Worth of Hazlehurst; brother, Buddy Rea and wife Myra of Denton; = sisters, Betty “Peanut” Batten of Hazlehurst and Sherry Preciado and husband Gary of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral was held March 19 in Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Allen Rae officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Higgston Baptist Church, 512 James St., Ailey, GA 30410.
Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia was in charge.