Milton G. Rees Jr., 83, died at Sugarmill Manor, near his residence in Homosassa, Fla. on July 4, 2014 of natural causes.
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He is survived by his spouse, Patricia Powell Rees, Crystal River, Fla.; a son, John (Elayne) Milton Rees II, Homosassa, Fla.; three grandchildren, Christopher John Rees, Gainesville, Fla., Matthew Garnett Rees, and Morgan Elizabeth Rees (Will Weaver), both of Homosassa; and many cousins throughout Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by a son, William (Beebo) Carleton Rees.
He was born March 23, 1931 in Cynthiana, Ky., claimed to be the first caesarian birth in the area. His delivery required the help of his grandfather, the late Dr. John Milton Rees, along with a physician friend of the family who traveled from Cincinnati just in time to perform the delicate procedure. He was an only child, the son of Milton Garnett Rees and George (Tow or GeeGee) Moore (Jameson) Rees, both of Cynthiana. His mother George Moore was the 10th of 10 girls born in the Jameson family.
Growing up in Cynthiana during the Great Depression helped develop his outstanding work ethic, graduated from Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) in 1949, and shortly thereafter, moved to Nashville, Tenn. to attend Vanderbilt University with an ROTC scholarship. It was there where he met his wife of 62 years, Patricia (Pat) Morgan Powell. They met at a production of La Traviata in the famous Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 23, 1951 and married on Dec. 27, 1952.
Shortly after graduation from Vanderbilt, the newlyweds moved to Anniston, Ala. to fulfill his Army active duty service until 1955 and returned home to help his father manage Harrison Motor Company. At the time, Harrison Motor Company had served Cynthiana since 1919 selling automobiles, international tractors and parts, among other services. Milton took over for his father by 1970 and continued in that capacity until the Company was sold in 1987, he also managed the local Ashland Oil Bulk plant which delivered gas and fuel oil to Harrison and other surrounding counties, continued to serve the military as a Reserve Officer until 1969, reaching the rank of Major, and also served on the Board of Directors at Kentucky Bank (formerly First Federal) for 35 years, retiring in November of 2003 and was a member of the Methodist Church.
Always the avid reader, he volunteered many hours helping the Cynthiana Library in various capacities. Other than reading, his favorite pastimes included gardening, dove hunting, fishing and UK Football. He would cheer for Kentucky even over his alma mater, Vanderbilt. He was a loving and faithful husband, father, and friend. When the going got tough, he would remain calm and say ""this too shall pass."" He moved to Florida for health reasons in 2012 and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Services will be held at Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home on Aug. 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.
Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home
112 North Walnut Street
Cynthiana, KY 41031
Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on July 24, 2014