Mary Irene Rhea, 89, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at her residence.
She was a member of the Union Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from Magic Chef/Maytag after 18 years of service and was formerly employed at Hardwick Clothes for 25 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Rhea; parents, Robert A. and Maudie Mitchell Tilley; and several brothers and sisters.
She is survived by sons: Gary Rhea and wife Kathy, of Cleveland, and John Rhea and wife Bonnie, of Chattanooga; grandchildren: Tanya Carter and husband Brent, of Cleveland, and Eric Rhea and wife Tara, also of Cleveland; one great- grandchild; sister, Ada Wilkinson of Cleveland; brother, Harold Tilley of Chattanooga; and step-grandchildren: Brian Cross, Venis Mowery, Randy Lee Cross, Jason Schwerdtfeger, James Schwerdtfeger and Jessica Ownby.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Humberd officiating.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Rhea family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.