Judson Knapp Rea III

judson rea

September 9, 1925 ~ September 6, 2022

Born in: Norfolk , VA
Resided in: Greensboro, NC

Judson Knapp Rea, III, of Greensboro and formerly of Carthage passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2022 just three days before his 97th birthday. 

Born in Norfolk, VA September 9, 1925 he was the only child born to the late Judson K. Rea, Jr. and Hazel Summerlin Rea. Jud served our country in the US Navy during WWII and later settled in Carthage where he raised his family. He began his working years as a television repairman in Carthage for several years. He also worked and retired as a vocational teacher with Moore County Schools where he taught electrical engineering to students at Union Pines, North Moore and Pinecrest high schools.

He was a long time member of the Carthage A.F. & A.M. #181 Masonic Lodge and a founding member of the Carthage Rescue Squad where he served as the first captain. In 2005 he and his wife Grace Preslar Rea retired to WhiteStone- A Masonic and Eastern Star Community in Greensboro. 

In addition to his wife Grace he is survived by two sons Henry J. Rea and wife Susanna of Carthage and Walter Rea and wife Donna of Raeford; two grandchildren Zachary and Joshua Rea. 

The family will receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday at Carthage United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Bolyard officiating. Burial will follow at Cross Hill Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to: Carthage Fire and Rescue, 4396 US-501, Carthage, NC 28327.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Rea family. 

Online condolences may be posted at PinesFunerals.com.


Visitation: September 8, 2022 5:00 pm - July 14, 2024 7:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Funeral Service: September 9, 2022 11:00 am

Carthage United Methodist Church
401 McReynolds Street
Carthage, NC 28327


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  1. Prayers for the family. I never had Mr. Rea for a class, though I was always impressed by his compassion and concern for all students he came in contact with. I learned after high school just how valuable and dedicated of a man he was to Carthage and all of Moore County through his endless days working to make volunteer rescue squads all across the county more professionally trained to serve those in need. God has truly gained a true and faithful servant.

  2. Our prayers and thoughts are extended to the family of Jud Rea. Jud was a friendly guy who could carry on an interesting conversation with anyone. May he Rest In Peace.

  3. I had Mr. Rea for 2 years at Union Pines and he taught me more about electricity than any other class I have ever taken. He was a great guy and will be missed.

  4. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, Henry. After reading his obit he was very much a worker in the community and MCS system. We had planned a trip and left on the 7th so Tannah notified us. Know our prayers are with you as you get through the weeks and months ahead. I know how hard it can be as my precious Daddy passed on Feb 2nd. ❤️

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