Rhea Wilson, 86, of Canadian died Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Canadian.
Memorial services will be 2:00 PM, Monday August 27, 2018 at the Canadian First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Lewis Holland, Retired, Pastor Danny Sanders, Littlefield United Methodist Church, and Pastor David Gerhardt, Canadian First United Methodist Church, officiating. A private family burial will be held at a different time. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Canadian.
Rhea was born August 21, 1932 in Hemphill County, Texas to Jodie and Ora Brooks Wilson. His early school years were spent in the Hart school and the Mendota school. Rhea graduated from Canadian High School.
Rhea married Patsy Gayle Cook on June 22, 1951 in Clovis, New Mexico. His first paying job was with the Canadian Record as a printer’s devil. He worked in the laundry dry cleaning business for 50 plus years. Rhea and Pat owned and operated the Canadian-Perryton Laundry Dry Cleaners from 1964 until the early 2000’s. As a vital part of his community, Rhea was active in serving on the Canadian Independent School Board, Canadian-Hemphill County Chamber of Commerce, a member of Lion’s Club and other community functions. As a member of the First United Methodist Church he showed his love and dedication for the church by teaching Sunday School and being an active leader in the “ASK” children’s program. Rhea loved following and supporting his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities. He was a familiar sight at “practice”. Rhea and Pat were loyal Wildcat fans and supporters.
Rhea was survived by his wife, Pat of the home; two sons, Jodie Wilson and wife Becky of Amarillo, and David Wilson and wife Becky Jo of Canadian; four grandchildren, Josh Wilson and wife Megan and their children Hannah, Bella and Jaeger of Amarillo; Shauna Mayhew and husband Josh and their son Cort of Canadian; Kyle Wilson and wife Dixie and their children Bailey, Landry, Gage and Graham of Amarillo; and Brooke Richardson and husband Kris and their children Kaylee, Kason, and Kambree of Canadian. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jodie and Ora Wilson and nine siblings Mable Woods, JD Wilson, Eugene Wilson, Oley Wilson, Evaline Wilson, Bonnie Wilson, Arvil Wilson, Morris Wilson and Kelly Wilson.
Memorials may be made to the Edward Abraham Memorial Home Foundation, attention: Memory Care Unit, Hemphill County Hospital, 1020 S. 4th, Canadian, TX 79014.