Reba Wilkey, 96, of Dayton, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Rhea Medical Center.
Reba was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of Baptist faith. She was a member of New Union Baptist Church.
She was an outgoing member of the community and was a member of the Eastern Star. She loved to sing in the church choir, watch the Atlanta Braves and attend her children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events. She retired from Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and after retirement, she worked at Edith’s Dress Shop, Lawanda’s Hallmark Store and at Market Street Hair.
Reba was always dressed to the nines. Weekly hair and nail appointments were a must. She also enjoyed playing cards and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eathen and Gladys Marler; spouses, Robert Marsh and Cleo Wilkey; sons, Bob Marsh, Gary Wilkey and Jim Wilkey; brother-in-law, Leroy West.
She is survived by three children; Hurley Marsh, Bill (Kelley) Marsh and Jerry (Carol) Wilkey ; sister, Joyce West; daughter-in-law, Nancy Wilkey; grandchildren, Jill (Jeff) Davis, JoJo (Orin) Brown, Denise (Andy) Cobb, Jason (Carolyn) Marsh, Amanda Wilkey, Greg (Jane) Wilkey and Scott Wilkey; great-grandchildren, Faith (Daniel) Dotson, Shelby Davis, Ethan Davis, Noah Cobb, Blaire Brown, Leslie (Trevor) Phillips; one niece, Jan (PJ) Lemons; one great-niece, Ashton; two great-nephews, Brandon and Evan Lemons; and lifelong friend, Jackie Reed.
Funeral services for Reba will be Friday Jan. 8, 2021, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Dr. Danny Reuhling and Rev. Jeremy Deal officiating. Interment will be at Buttram Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday, January 8, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m.
For the safety and respect of all, masks are required and no food will be served at this time.