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Martha Deborah (Davis) Rhea

April 4, 1924 ~ July 6, 2018 (age 94)

Martha Deborah Davis Rhea, resident of New Orleans, Louisiana and wife of the late William A. Rhea,  Jr., departed this life Friday afternoon, July 6, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Rhea will be conducted at 10 A.M. Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Somerville. Interment will follow in the Somerville City Cemetery. A visitation for Mrs. Rhea will be from 9:30 to 10 A.M. Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Somerville. There will be a short gathering at the church in Davis Hall following the graveside service. Arrangements will be provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center - Main Chapel of Somerville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, William A. Rhea, Jr., as well as her parents, Rev. Humphrey W. and Mary Parsons Davis and her sister, Sara Davis Davis.  She is survived by her children, William Humphrey Rhea (Cathy) of Chester, VA and Martha Deborah Rhea Slattery (Jerry) of New Orleans; her much-loved grandchildren: Catherine (Brad Smith), Andrew (Emerald), and Patrick Rhea and Thomas, Matthew, and Anna Slattery; and several generations of nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all.

Martha was born in Murray, Kentucky and grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee. She graduated from Lambeth College in Jackson, TN and was a former resident of Somerville, where she was a schoolteacher and a reporter for the Fayette Falcon. Until recently, she lived in Metairie, LA and was an active member of Munholland United Methodist Church.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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