ABERDEEN -Virginia “Dinny” Rhea, 89, died Wednesday, September 27th at North
Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.She was born January 5, 1928 in Aberdeen to
Clyde Davis Irving and Virginia Nisbet Irving and was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen .She
graduated from Aberdeen High School and attended Mississippi University for Women. She
married Charles Rhea at the age of 18 and divorced in 1965. Mrs. Rhea was retired from First
Federal Savings and Loan, and formerly a legal secretary for Richard Booth. She worked for the
Aberdeen Examiner for a number of years and wrote the social column as well as Turning Back
the Clock.

An active member of her community, Mrs. Rhea served on the board of First Federal Savings
and Loan Association from 1977 until her death. She was a charter member of the Aberdeen Country Club, serving as secretary for many years and a stockholder and secretary of Big Star Corporation in Aberdeen. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen for over 70 years, where she was a former choir member and member of UMW Circle One. She also attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen. Dinny, or Din Din, as her friends and family affectionately called he, was a member of the Ladies Golf Association and the Wednesday Afternoon Bridge Club for over 65 years. She met friends daily at the country club for cards and games. Dinny was loved by many and richly blessed with friends, devoted caregivers, and an adoring family.

Services will be Monday, Oct. 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Hutson officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., at  the church. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.
She is survived by three sons, Dr. Charles Rhea (Bette) of Columbus; Barry Rhea (Doreen)  of Mancos, Colorado a n d Clyde Rhea (Pam) of Columbus; five grandchildren, Barry Rhea (Lauren) of Birmingham ; Taylor Lane of Birmingham;  Katie Fenstermacher (Josh) of Caledonia; Andy Rhea of Columbus and Jenna Rhea, of Pearl, MS;   eight great grandchildren; cousins Eleanor Crabtree Taylor of Jackson and Nancy Crabtree Jurgens of Niceville, FL. She was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Richard B. Booth.

Pallbearers will be Dale Pierce, Glen Rudd, Jay Senter, David Somers, Johnny Somers, and Richard Watkins. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O.Box 93, Aberdeen, MS 39730, St. John’s Episcopal Church of Aberdeen, the Humane Society, or a favorite charity.

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Charles Beasley
My heart is broken. Miss Dinny will be missed! I always looked forward the seeing her on my trips home. My Condolences to the family. Dinny was always like an aunt to me.I wish I could be there.

Jim & Martha Buffington
Your family is in our hearts and prayers.

Tommy & Shannon Tucker
Its been a number of years since we've seen Mrs. Dinny.  As former residents of Aberdeen we have many fond memories of her at the Aberdeen Country Club and we recall reading her many columns in the Aberdeen Examiner.   Godspeed to her family.