Watson-North Funeral Home is honored to be of service and ministry to the family of Mrs. Gina Higginbotham Rhea, age 62 of Tullahoma. Mrs. Rhea passed from this life on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Tennova Healthcare Harton in Tullahoma. She was born on September 10, 1958 in Athens, Alabama to the late Doyce Burch and Della Cunningham Burch. In addition to her mother and father, she is preceded in death by one brother, Jimmy Higginbotham. She was of the Christian faith and was a member of Marble Plains Baptist Church. She cherished all of her family and loved them dearly. Her family describes her as always being full of laughter and a die-hard Alabama fan. ROLLTIDE!!!!! In her spare time, she enjoyed cross-stitching and listening to music. She loved reading, riding horses, pancakes, visiting the Smokey Mountains and fishing at Morton’s Lake. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 42 years, Bobby Rhea of Tullahoma; daughter, Julie (Curtis) Hice of Tullahoma; son, Chris (Pam) Rhea of Winchester; brother, Ray (Wendy) Higginbotham of Estill Springs; grandchildren, Allie Hice, Ella Hice, Jared Lancer, Ashlyn Lancer, and Myla Murphy, several nieces, nephews and extended family. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 11, 2021 between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00pm at Watson-North Funeral Home. The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Watson-North Funeral Home beginning at 2:00PM with Rev. Jack Hice, officiating. Interment will follow at Marble Plains Cemetery. At the request of the family, those attending the visitation and funeral service MUST wear a proper face mask/covering and social distance while inside the funeral home at all times. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in her honor to the American Lung Association (www.lung.org) or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). Online condolences may be sent to wwww.watsonnorth.com.
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