Roger Alexander Rhea of Clinton

Roger Alexander Rhea of Clinton, TN passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at the age of 85 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Roger was born on August 7, 1937, to J.B. and Thelma Grace (McDonald) Rhea.

After graduating from Clinton High School in 1955, he founded Rhea’s Concrete Products. The business grew exponentially over the years and was recognized as an Outstanding Small Business in the South during the 1980s.  His concrete creations can be seen throughout the United States and are loved and appreciated by his wholesale and retail customers.  Even during his latest stay in the Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center, numerous doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff reminisced about the concrete products they had purchased for themselves and others over the years.

Roger was a lifelong member of Blowing Springs Baptist Church. He was a great father, husband, son, brother, and friend to many. He loved his family beyond words. He enjoyed cheering on the University of Tennessee athletic teams, bowling, and fishing.  He blessed all of us with stories of love and laughter that we will forever cherish.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, J.B. Rhea; mother, Thelma Rhea; brother, Rex Rhea; loving and devoted wife, Saundra Rhea; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Roger is survived by his daughters, Tami Rhea and Tina Rhea Brown & husband Scott Brown; brother, Doug Rhea & wife Wanda L. Rhea; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

The family will have a private graveside service with Rev. David White officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Blowing Springs Baptist Church, 119 Blowing Springs Lane, Clinton, TN 37716, or, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, donate online at https://stjude.org/donate (via credit card, bank account, or PayPal), donate by phone, (800)822-6344, or by mail, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.  holleygamble.com

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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