Wat­son Peo­ples Rea

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries / News -

MATTHEWS - Wat­son Peo­ples Rea, 88, of Matthews, NC, died July 12, 2018. Born Fe­bru­ary 17, 1930 in Meck­len­burg County, he was the son of Zeb Mil­ton, Sr. and Nancy Eubank Rea. Wat­son lived and raised his fam­ily on the farm where he was born. He was a beloved and unas­sum­ing man blessed with a pow­er­ful body, a re­mark­able work ethic and a strong sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity. His fam­ily and friends were blessed with his joy for life, his deep love, and his will­ing­ness to help oth­ers. A life­long mem­ber of Prov­i­dence Pres­by­te­rian Church, Wat­son’s faith in God was of great com­fort and ser­vice to his church was a pri­or­ity as a Dea­con, an Elder and on the Ceme­tery Com­mit­tee. He en­joyed work­ing with Boy Scouts, play­ing vol­ley­ball, trav­el­ing with his wife and their square danc­ing club and was an ac­tive mem­ber of Prov­i­dence Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment for over 40 years. Be­fore a ca­reer end­ing stroke in 2003, he was a pro­foundly gifted ma­chine op­er­a­tor, spend­ing most of his work­ing years in busi­ness with his brothers at Rea Brothers, Inc. and later with his son at Rea Gen­eral Con­trac­tors. He loved ba­bies and chil­dren, had great pa­tience teach­ing nieces, neph­ews and friends of his chil­dren to wa­ter ski. He had very lit­tle tol­er­ance for lazi­ness on the job.

Sur­vivors in­clude his chil­dren, Wat­son Michael Rea ( Julie) of Catawba, SC, and Cathy Rea Rhodes (Lee) of Greens­boro, GA; grand­chil­dren, Jake Rea (Court­ney), Mary Rea, Wylie Rea, Grace Rea, Sloan Do­brin (Ryan), and Chance Rhodes (Kara); and three great- grand­chil­dren. He is also sur­vived by brothers Zeb, Tom, Wil­lie, John, and Ralph; sis­ters Vir­ginia Hunt­ley, Raleigh, Betsy Blanken­ship, Pineville, Judy Hucks, Lan­caster, SC and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

Wat­son was pre­ceded in death by Nancy Sloan Rea, his wife of 62 years, chil­dren David Al­lan Rea and Stephen Eu­gene Rea, his par­ents Zeb M. and Nancy Eubank Rea and a brother H. G. L. Rea, II.

The fam­ily would like to thank Plan­ta­tion Es­tates, where Wat­son and Nancy were res­i­dents since 2005, for their care over the past years and es­pe­cially care­givers Daniel Bartlett, Carolyn Love, and Nan Chan­dler.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held at McEwen Fu­neral Home, Pineville Chapel, on Fri­day July 20 from 6: 00 to 8: 00 p. m. and the memo­rial ser­vice at Prov­i­dence Pres­by­te­rian Church on Satur­day July 21 at 11: 00 a. m. Memo­ri­als may be made to Prov­i­dence Pres­by­te­rian Church, David A. Rea Schol­ar­ship Fund, 10140 Prov­i­dence Church Lane, Char­lotte, NC 28277 or a char­ity of the donor’s choice.

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