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Joyce Margaret Rea
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  • Grace on the Ashley Baptist Church Building Fund
    2014 Bees Ferry Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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“To the woman that helped me break out of my introvert shell and helped me not to be afraid of putting myself out there... The first person to call me...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Prince Mallory - Estill, SC

“Bob and Angie Rea,Bob, I offer my sincerest regrets in the death of your mother. I know you must miss her very much, I miss seeing you and Angie. I...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: William Holling - SC

“Joyce was a dear friend during my years at COKER.We had so much fun together.She took me home with her to Clemson and immediately I fell in Love with...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Nell Beasley - Little River, SC

“My sincere condolences , blessings, prayers, to the family. She was a sweet lady. Annettee Lowe Malchiodi ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Annettte Lowe Malchiodi - SC

“I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Joyce. She was the student activities director at CSU and was so kind to me when I was in student...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Sarah Wallace - Moncks Corner, SC

“Joyce was a special classmate of mine at Daniel High School We had a lot of fun together. My sincere sympathy to the family. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Paulette Handegan - CENTRAL, SC

“What a sweet and beautiful lady. I'm so proud to be able to claim her as a friend. She will surely be missed but our loss is Heaven's gain. So go...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing.:She was amazing. Our love of beauty pageants put us together and we shared many fun and exciting times....Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Sandy Howington - Charleston, SC

“Deepest condolence to the family praying God gives you all the strength needed during this time. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Kena Miller - North Charleston, SC

“I met Joyce through the Miss Summerville Program. What a wonderful lady! We had fun together working on pageants, going to Miss SC, and getting our...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Deb Runyon - Summerville, SC


Joyce Margaret Stewart Rea,77 , of Charleston, South Carolina, wife of Robert A. Rea entered into eternal rest Monday, February 24, 2020. Her Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 1, 2020 in Grace on the Ashley Baptist Church, 2014 Bees Ferry Road at 4:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashley Chapel.

Joyce was born November 15, 1942 in Greenville, SC the daughter of the late Thomas Stewart and Katie Beauford Stewart. She graduated from D.W. Daniel High School and Coker College. She grew up in Clemson, SC where her father was employed for many years at the university. Joyce retired from Charleston Southern University as the Director of Student Activities where throughout her career she met and assisted multitudes of students as they began and continued their undergraduate student lives. She was very active in beauty pageants, traveling the state and local areas as a judge, making lifelong friendships and later as a former director of the Miss SC Pageant, the preliminary pageant to the Miss America Pageant. Joyce also taught dance and loved to sing. She was a member of Grace on the Ashley Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Rea of Charleston, SC; son, Rhett Moore (Leslie) of Franklin, TN; daughter, Ashley King (Ken) of Charleston, SC; Robert Rea (Angie) of Summerville, SC, Diane Thorpe (Gary) of North Charleston, SC, Gary Rea (Lynn) of Charleston, SC, Jerry Rea (Catherine) of Meggett, SC and Michelle Kanapaux of Charleston, SC; twenty-one grandchildren, Lindsey, Joey, Rachelle, Robert, Bridget, Richard, Travis, Emily, Abigail, Cameron, Cody, Olivia, Ava, Madison, Alexis, Brooklyn, Lucas, Landyn, Carson, Caden, Blakely and three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Emma and Avery; brother, Dr. Thomas C. Stewart, Jr. (Judy) of Columbia, SC and uncle, Horace Beauford of Spartanburg, SC.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Grace on the Ashley Baptist Church Building Fund, 2014 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC, 29414.