2013-07-25 / Obituaries


MILLBORO — Frances A. “Sassy Jo” Rhea, 79, of 24133 Valley Mountain Road Millboro, died Thursday July 25, 2013 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke.

She was born June 13, 1934, in Bath County, a daughter of the late Herbert Dennis and Melvina Riley Mines. 

She was a member of Horeb Baptist Church, attended Rehobeth Community Church and was very active in the Millboro Volunteer Fire Department for many years working bingo and the firemen’s carnivals. She was a cook at the former Ted’s Place restaurant. Her door was always open and she always helped anyone in need.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Franklin Rhea, in February 1973; a son, James Franklin Rhea; five brothers, Dennis Mines, Edward Mines, Marvin Mines, Roy Dean Mines, and Sergeant Major Carl D. Mines.

She is survived by four daughters, Hilda Darlene Hensley of Jerusalem Chapel, Churchville, Loretta Frances Kroeger of Delaware, Kathi Jo Walker and husband James of Frisco, Texas, and Cynthia Marie Hodge of Millboro; a son, David Michael Rhea of Millboro; a brother, Paul Virgil Mines of Max Meadows; nine grandchildren; a special great-grandchild, Brooklyn Diane Burns; four other great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, from the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge, with the Rev. Bill Gram officiating. 

Interment will follow in Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery in Millboro.

Active pallbearers will be Samuel Burns Sr., Chris Burns, Cyrus Samuel Burns III, Jeff Grimm, Brandon Lee, and David Russell.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Nicely Funeral Home.

The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions in her memory to Rehobeth Community Church, P.O. Box 187 Millboro, Va. 24460.

To send a condolence to the family online, visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com.

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