James H. Rea (Jim) age 69 passed away December 31, 2018 in Alva. He was born August 15, 1949 in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Jim attended the United States Military Academy West Point, NY and served in the Vietnam War. Jim moved to Florida in the 80's pursuing a career in banking. However Jim later found his calling in Optical Services and became an Optician. Working in the same field Jim then met the love of his life Lila. Jim and Lila resided on their Paso Fino Farm in Alva. Friends and family all agree Jim had the kindest heart and could always make you laugh with a joke. Other than his love for his wife Lila and cigars, Jim adored his grandchildren. Jim was a huge part of their lives attending many ballgames, 4-H events , Horse-Shows etc..
Jim was preceded in death by his wife Lila Shewmaker-Rea. He is survived by three sons: Mathew James Rea (Lisa), James Gordon Shewmaker, James Lee Shewmaker III , a daughter Bridgette Shewmaker-Cochran (Kenny) , mother Catherine (Young) Burkeybyle, a sister Cathy Johnson (Larry), two brothers: Robert Rea, William Rea (Jill), grandchildren: Lexi Rea , Cutter James Cochran, Brilee Blake Cochran, James Lee Shewmaker IV and nephew William Dunbar.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made in Jim and Lila Rea's memory to Special Equestrians, Inc P.O. Box 61528 Fort Myers, FL 33906-1528 or visit Specialequestrians.net
John 16:22 And ye know therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh away from you.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.