On Sunday, July 18, 2021, a Christian man, loving husband, devoted father, endeared Paw-Paw, loyal brother, brother-in-law and well-loved relative and friend, entered into his eternal rest at the age of 76. Eugene Rheams, affectionately known as "Gene" was born August 16, 1944, to the late Johnny and Irene (Cobb) Rheams, Sr. He was a native of Denham Springs, LA and a resident of Baton Rouge, LA. He was a member of New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as the church treasurer, member of the management board and deacon board under the leadership of Pastor Alando G. O'Conner, Sr. until his untimely death. Gene was a proud graduate of the Livingston High School Class of 1962. He was a certified Pipe Fitter and worked at the Exxon Mobile Chemical Plant for 30 years until he retired in 1999. He was a member of East End Lodge #209, Baton Rouge Consistory #179, and Ishmael Temple #154. He leaves to cherish his memories his loving and faithful wife of 43 years, Hattie Dorsey Rheams; one sister, Brenda Rheams Sago; four sisters-in-law, one son, Ashton (LaTia) Rheams; one adopted son, Jordan Brooks-Rheams; one daughter, Dr. Dawn (Dwayne) Fleming; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three godchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, one sister, and one granddaughter. Funeral services entrusted to Winnfield Funeral Home. Visiting: Thursday, 7/29/21, 4 PM - 7 PM with Masonic Service at 7 PM. Visiting: Friday, 7/30/21, 9AM until funeral service at 10AM. Mask mandatory.
Published by The Advocate from Jul. 27 to Jul. 30, 2021.