September 17, 2017
Mr. Wilbern Ronald Rhea “Ronnie”, age 77 of Rockwood, passed away on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. He was a member of the Rockwood United Methodist Church, the Rockwood Masonic Lodge #403 and Oak Leaf Lodge #49. He attended Tennessee Wesleyan and Tennessee Tech. Ronnie was employed by Merita Breads, Adler, Burlington, and Kaiser-Roth as a Quality Control Supervisor, retiring from Alba-Health as the name had changed. He was preceded in death by his parents; Wilburn “Wilbur” Rhea & Mary “Louise” Foland Rhea. Cousin; Betty Halliburton, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law; Clifford and Alma Greene, Brother-in-law; Larry “Butch” Greene, and sister-in-law; Carolyn “Jo” Greene Kirby.
He is survived by:
Wife: Deloris Greene Rhea of Rockwood, TN
Daughters: Nancy (Dennis) Thompson of Knoxville, TN
Kristie (Rick) Bowman of Rockwood, TN
Son: Warren Rhea of Rockwood, TN
Grandchildren: Kayla (Mike) McBath of Knoxville, TN
Rheagan Thompson & fiancé Jalyn Stewart of Knoxville, TN
Steven Thompson & fiancé April Fadely of Bonifay, FL
6 Great Grandchildren
Brother-in-law: Charlie Greene (Connie) of Oliver Springs, TN
James Kirby of Rockwood, TN
Sister-in-law: Wanda “Lynn” Riddle of Rockwood, TN
Sheila “Gayle” Greene of Houston, TX
Along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Monday, September 18th, from 5-7pm at the Rockwood United Methodist Church. Masonic Memorial Service will start at 7:00. Funeral will follow with Rev. David Lord officiating. Graveside will be on Tuesday, September 19th at 1:00 pm at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, TN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Rockwood United Methodist Church. Evans Mortuary is serving the family of Ronnie Rhea.