McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC


Tom E Rea Sr.

February 24, 1928July 21, 2020

Tom Eubank Rea, Sr., "The Bull", 92, passed away on July 21, 2020.

He was born on February 24, 1928 in Charlotte, NC and was the son of Zeb Milton Rea, Sr. and Nancy Eubank Rea.

Tom met his wife Ruth Culp while both still attending Pineville High School. They were married for 60 years. Their greatest joy in life was to be with their Grandbabies while going on trips and having fun.

He attended Western Carolina University before being drafted in the Korean War.

Tom was an Elder at Providence Presbyterian Church for many years and moved his membership to Stough Memorial Baptist Church in Pineville.

He and his brothers created and ran Rea Brothers Plumbing Company from 1954 until he retired in 1989.

Tom is survived by his son Tom Rea, Jr. and his wife Ellen; grandson Thomas Rea and granddaughter Tiffany Moeller (husband Mark), and two great-grandchildren Nora Moeller and Nina Moeller. He also leaves treasured memories with his siblings Zeb Rea, Virginia Huntley, Doris Rea (sister-in-law), Betsy Blankenship, Willie Rea (wife Carolyn), John Rea (wife Dottie), Judy Hucks (husband Paul), and Ralph Rea.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Culp Rea, and brothers Green Rea and Watson Rea.

A private graveside service will be held in consideration of Covid 19 restrictions.

Memorials may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank or GraceLife Building Fund, Pineville, NC.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.


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Rodney Cripps

July 29, 2020

As Tom's pastor for 15 years at GraceLife Church of Pineville, he was always a man of quiet wisdom and grace. The love he had for his Ruth wife was amazing, and in his testimony he never liked to be even one night away from her. His faithfulness to protect her, take her to church, and be with her daily toward her gracious end was an example to all those around him. Even though he was at GraceLife Church for decades, he never officially transferred his membership because he wanted to maintain his historical and family connection with Providence Presbyterian Church. He loved being part of the men's Bible study class and sat over the years with a number of his friends he made in Pineville who had various experiences in the WWII. A great example of a man who loved God and loved his wife.

Rodney Cripps

Jamie Lightsey

July 28, 2020

I will always have fond memories of Mr. Rea allowing me to join he and his grandson Thomas for early morning rounds of golf at Charlotte Golf Links. He was always kind to me and I enjoyed hearing his stories and words of wisdom. The entire Rea family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Marion Quinn

July 28, 2020

Tommy, Ellen, Thomas and Tiffany, I would like to offer my condolences and prayers for you all. I respected Tom more than any man I’ve ever known. He was a very important person in my life. I remember Sunday dinners when he would say “It’s not what you’re eating, it’s the sharing of time together”. I feel blessed to have shared time with Tom and Ruth and you guys. I love you all.

Richard LACKEY

July 27, 2020

Just learned of Tom's passing today from my mother who is a resident of the same retirement village where Tom lived. I visited often there over the last few years and always enjoyed eating with Tom when he joined my mom's group for breakfast. We both shared a love for golf and family gatherings. We were both owners of businesses and had many shared stories there. What comes to mind when I think of Tom is a gentle gentleman. My prayers to all his family and friends who loved and were loved by him.

James Kelly Lightsey Sr.

July 26, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Rea only once. It was during a round of golf with him, his grandson Thomas, my son Jamie, and me. Through our conversations that day it was evident he loved the Lord, his family, and that he believed in hard work. He also believed in helping others. I enjoyed his company that day and through our conversations there is no doubt he was a man who faithfully lived his values. Condolences to Tom, Ellen, Thomas, Tiffany, and the Rea family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Roy Huntley

July 25, 2020

I am Tom Rea's nephew and i knew Uncle Tom best when i was 16 years old and working for Rea Brothers Plumbing. I learned a lot from Uncle Tom that summer and will always remember him fondly. He was a man of great strength.

John Sheets

July 25, 2020

I enjoyed playing golf with Mr. Tom. We became good friends. I will keep his family in my Prayers. I will see my friend in Heaven.

Thomas Rea

July 24, 2020

Paw-Paw was a great man with very strong morals. He was all about family first and hard work second. He would do anything for his family. My fondest memories are of me and my sister going to play putt-putt with Paw-Paw. Also watching Cubs and Braves games with him and Maw-Maw. He will be greatly missed. He lived a great live surrounded by what he valued most; Family.

William (Willie) Dunlap

July 24, 2020

Tom was a very good Friend to Me and it was always a Pleasure to have a Conversation with Him,He will be Missed,and I'm glad to have Known Him.

Shelley Culp

July 23, 2020

I always loved when my paw paw would come visit he would make sure id get me a hot fudge sundae an have fun time at the park. One time him an maw maw came to visit an I had wanted a cat but I couldnt have one at the time. We all had went somewhere an paw paw bought me a hat that was covered in cats he said I could have all those cats! He showed alot of love to me an my brother. He was the only grandpa we had and he was the best! Wish I had my photos out of storage to share with everyone. But heres a good one from when I was super little. Those smiles warm my heart