ALBANY -- Joann Rea Mills, 65, of 1904 Palmyra Rd., Albany, GA died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Palmyra Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Hamilton - Hackleburg Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL at 11:00 a.m. (CST). Rev. Danny Carter will officiate. Interment will follow in Old Line Cemetery, Hodges, AL. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. (CST) until the funeral hour at the funeral home.

Born in Birmingham, AL, Joann had resided in Albany, GA since she was a child except for the time she employed at Roosevelt Warms Springs Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, GA. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Douglas Rea and Leatrice Joy Lawler Ramsey, two brothers, James Rea, and Jerry Rea.

Survivors include, a sister and her husband, Joyce Rea Bridges and Jim, Las Vegas, NV, three brothers, Juston Rea, Ricky Rea, and David Rea, all of Hamilton, AL, three nephews, James Bridges, Clint Bridges and Jeff Bridges, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her special friends were Becky Weaver, Julie Burnell, and Gene Corley, all of Albany, GA.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home.

Those desiring may make memorials to, Shriner's Hospital Transportation Fund, c/o Hasan Shrine Center, 1822 Palmyra Rd., Albany, GA, 31701.

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Mathews Funeral Home

Albany 229/435-5657