James C. Rea

August 29, 2020 Elkton, MD "Jim"

James C. Rea, age 82 of Elkton, MD, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family. “Jim”, as he was affectionately known, was the husband of Rita F. Rea, with whom he shared 28 years of marriage.

Born 1938 in Wilmington, DE, Jim was the son of the late Phillip Rea and the late Esther Surgeson Rea of Avondale.

Jim graduated from Avon Grove High School and went on to work at Keeners Furniture as a salesman and eventually worked as a salesman in Flooring – an industry in which he became expertly knowledgeable. He was also a Volunteer Fireman in Avondale and greatly enjoyed hunting in Potter County.

Jim was an allstar athlete through High School. He was the starting pitcher for Avon Grove’s baseball team and excelled at soccer and basketball as well. Later in life Jim became a baseball coach for his own sons with Avon Grove Little League and he also served as the Equipment Manager and Treasurer for AGLL. His proficiency as a coach even led his team all the way to the State Championships in the 70s. Jim’s love of sports also meant he was always rooting for the Phillies and the Eagles.

There was nothing Jim was more passionate about than his wife and his family. He always had a smile on his face and his fun and charming demeanor was easy to love. All who had the pleasure of knowing Jim will deeply miss the warmth, compassion and love he brought to their lives.

In addition to his wife, Rita, Jim is survived by his children, Gary (Patricia), Chuck (Diane), Cheryl (Ted), Kelley and Kristen (Paul); his step-children, Kimberly (Linda), Darrin (Sharon), Janeen (Ashley); 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Jim was predeceased by his step-father, Bert, and his beloved son, Michael.

You are invited to visit with Jim’s family on Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 9:00AM to 11:00AM at Foulk Funeral Home, 200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove, PA 19390. Following the visitation, services will be held graveside at New Garden Friends Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd. S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 or online at www.lbda.org.

Arrangements by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, PA

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912 Killian Hill Road S.W.,
Lilburn, GA 30047
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September 5, 2020 9:00AM to 11:00AM Foulk Funeral Home
200 Rose Hill Road
West Grove, PA 19390

Graveside Service

September 5, 2020 Following Visitation New Garden Friends Cemetery
875 Newark Road
Toughkenamon, PA 19374


  1. We are very sorry for your loss. Jim was always a wonderful person to work with when he came into our dealership. We are all praying for you. May Jim rest in peace.

    Gordon Atkisson (Country Chrysler) | September 11, 2020 at 9:23 AM
  2. Chuck and Gary, So sorry for your family after seeing about your dad’s passing. Been many years since Gary lived on Hillcrest with my cousin Bove while working at Tom’s TV. I sometimes think about what Gary and Chuck were up to these days.

    Bob Mitchell

    Bob Mitchell | September 10, 2020 at 7:03 PM
  3. Prayers sent for the Rea family. Mr. Rea always made time to talk to all the kids on Buttonwood Drive Rest in peace Jim

    Anne Murphy | September 7, 2020 at 9:26 PM
  4. Chuck & Gary , So sorry hearing about your Fathers passing.
    A man among men I was told, Mr. Rea was the best when coaching baseball for Avon Grove.
    You have good memories of your father that you will share with each other during these times.
    Whenever you see a ball game it will give you a smile thinking about about your dad.
    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    Michael Conner | September 6, 2020 at 7:52 PM
  5. Rest In Peace Jim.

    Barbara | September 5, 2020 at 9:59 AM
  6. Sending all our love and prayers to the Rea family. I always enjoyed seeing Jim at family gatherings. He was a very kind and gentle man.

    Mary Fisher | September 4, 2020 at 8:40 PM
  7. I am so sorry for your loss.I met Jim through a Union Hospital group in which he was very active.
    A nicer person I have yet to meet, and a true gentleman. He will be truly missed. A kind and helpful soul
    Susan Prior

    Susan Prior | September 3, 2020 at 4:27 PM
  8. Jim is in God’s hands and someday you see him again. I wil remember his smiles and hugs. You were so blessed to have one another. God loves both of you.

    Bryan and Beth Crossley | September 2, 2020 at 6:24 PM
  9. We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for the Rea family during this sad and difficult time.

    Joe and Lois Fisher | September 2, 2020 at 3:42 PM
  10. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, Rita and the loss of your father to all of the children. I only met Jim one time and it was a joy to meet such a nice person. Saying prayers for all of the family for strength, love and hope during this difficult time.

    Sandy Slayman | September 2, 2020 at 9:23 AM
  11. I’ll always remember Jim as such a nice man. Thoughts and prayers for Rita and the family.

    gladys ciskowski | September 2, 2020 at 6:43 AM
  12. So terribly sorryfor the Rea family’s loss. Jim was a gentleman and great all-round person. I knew him and his boys Gary and Chuck from Little league. Rest in Peace Jimmy and condolences to the family.

    Bob Hershey | September 1, 2020 at 5:32 PM
  13. You Da honey!

    Rita | September 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM
  14. So sorry for your passing. Jim and me spent a few years together deer hunting in potter county PA. Thanks for all the good tlmes.

    Walter Compton | September 1, 2020 at 5:09 PM
  15. Lots of good memories with Jim and Short Run hunting camp in Potter County, PA. (we were the original guys that started the camp)as well as other great times with Jim. Will be missed.

    Boots Wilcox | September 1, 2020 at 4:26 PM
  16. Jim was a man of integrity and determination. He so cherished each of his children. He offered much to the community through Avon Grove Little League whether he was coaching his sons, keeping up the grounds or Treasurer of the Little League Carnival. Jim loved gardening and working around his pool.
    He will be greatly missed by his wife, Rita
    and his children.
    Blessings on your final journey, Jim, as you reunite with your parents and our son, Michael.

    Sheri Workman | September 1, 2020 at 3:17 PM
  17. Rest Easy Dad! Will always remember our last “beer” together! I love you!

    Kelley Rea | September 1, 2020 at 9:34 AM

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