ROCK HILL -- Mr. Rea Kimbrell Cauthen, 81, of 239 Tradition Way, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2008, at Piedmont Medical Center.
He was born on November 7, 1927, in Rock Hill, son of the late Irby Bruce and Ruth Kimbrell Cauthen. He graduated from Winthrop Training School and from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Accounting.
Mr. Cauthen was vice-president/secretary of The Peoples Trust Company when he retired in 1990 after 37 years of service.
Mr. Cauthen served with the U.S. Army in Trieste, Italy, with the 88th (Blue Devil) Division during WWII.
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He was a member of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church since 1943 where he had served as a deacon. He had been on the Board of Directors of The Peoples Trust Company and The Salvation Army Advisory Board. He had been president of the York County Association of Insurance Agents, Rock Hill Jaycees and York County Association of Realtors. He was selected Realtor of the Year in 1977. He was a member of the Rock Hill Kiwanis Club and Rock Hill Elks Lodge.
Mr. Cauthen is survived by his wife, Frances Sullivan Cauthen; one son, Rea Kimbrell Cauthen Jr. and his wife, Kaye Holley Cauthen, of Aiken, S.C.; two daughters, Frances Cauthen Cutter and her husband, Robert Wheelock Cutter, of Irmo, S.C., and Josie Cauthen Chavis and her husband, Samuel Ray Chavis, of Fort Mill, S.C.; two granddaughters, Kimberly Shirley Warren and her husband, Jason Howard Warren, and Kathleen Frances Honeycutt; three grandsons, James Ralton Shirley III, Rea Kimbrell Cauthen III, and Daniel Scott Chavis; and one great-grandson, Jeffery Hunter Warren. Mr. Cauthen was preceded in death by his brother, Irby Bruce Cauthen Jr. of Charlottesville, Va., and his sister, Virginia Cauthen Scruggs of Rock Hill, S.C.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Avenue in Rock Hill, with Pastor Jim Richardson officiating. Burial will be private in Laurelwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road in Rock Hill, and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to the Thornwell Home for Children, P.O. Box 60, Clinton, SC 29325.
Condolences may be made on-line to www.greenefuneralhome.net.