Ross J. Rhea of Albany died Wednesday, October 6, 2004. The funeral service will be Monday at 11AM at Kimbrell-Stern with Rev. Ken Chancellor officiating. Interment to be held later at Highland Memory Gardens in Mt. Washington KY.
Mr. Rhea, a native of Louisville KY, lived in Albany for the past 24 years. He served in the United States Navy as an ordinance mate upon the USS Hornet. After serving his military duty, he worked for Brown and Williamson for 21 years in Louisville KY, and then relocated to Albany, working as a mechanic at Miller Brewing for 23 years.
His hobbies included woodworking and playing golf at Radium Country Club, where he was a member. He was a 20 year member of Lakeside Baptist Church where, he served as a Sunday school teacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Cumiler Rhea, a sister and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Bettie L. Rhea of Albany; 4 sons: Robert C. Rhea (Susan) of Germany, Gary W. Rhea (Terina) of Brandenburg, KY, Larry W. Alvey (Charlene) of Leesburg, and Danny A. Alvey (Sandi); 5 grandchildren: Gary Rhea Jr., and Megan A. Rhea of Brandenburg KY, Kerrie Alvey Miller (Jason), and Joshua W. Alvey of Leesburg and Aaron D. Alvey of Albany; 2 great-grandchildren: Zackery Miller and Georgia Miller; 4 brothers: Bill Rhea, Budd Rhea and Joel Rhea of Louisville KY and Glenn Rhea of Lexington KY; 2 sisters: Linda Rhea Denham of Fairdale KY, and Chris Rhea Wilson of Louisville KY..
The family will receive friends at Kimbrell-Stern Sunday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeside Baptist Church, 2806 N. Jefferson St., Albany, GA 31701 or American Heart Association, Dougherty County Division, Memorial/ Honorial Fund, Southwest Georgia Area Office, P.O. Box 1923, Albany, GA 31702. You may sign the online guest book and share your own special thoughts with the family of Mr. Rhea by visiting Kimbrell-Stern's website at www.kimbrellstern.com .