R. Sam (Rembert) REA

REA, R. (Rembert) Sam

Sam was born and raised in Longview, Texas on March 20, 1929 to Rembert M. Rea and Elizabeth McKamy Rea. He died on January 10, 2014.

Sam and Dorothy (Bobbie as her family and some of her friends call her) met at University of Texas Law School and dated for a period of time. When Sam finished law school, he joined the Army where he served in the Judge Advocate General Corps and was stationed at Fort Hood and their dating continued. After an honorable discharge, he enrolled in the Columbia University School of Law and received his Masters of Law in Oil and Gas Taxation. He then went to Houston, Texas to practice law and later became a Law Professor during which time he published three books. Sam and Bobbie followed their independent career paths, Sam in Houston and Bobbie in Austin.

Bobbie married and had one son, Douglas. In 1982, she obtained a divorce from her first husband and sent Sam, among other people, a divorce announcement stating she was now a "femme sole". Sam called her the evening he received his announcement and set a date for them to get together. He showered her with flowers prior to their first date (second time around). On May 7, 1982 they got together in Austin and two years later on June 2, 1984 they married. This was Sam's first and only marriage.

When Sam and Bobbie married, he was very pleased to have a son in Douglas. He took him hunting, fishing and made a gift of a ski trip to Switzerland. When his grandchildren were born, it was important to him to set up trusts for each of their educations. They lovingly called him "Sir Sam."

Sam and Bobbie loved to shoot sporting clays. He said, "It brings out the child in us - we make noise and break things." They also enjoyed going to the opera, symphony, and ballet together. Ballroom dancing was another interest they shared throughout the years. Sam and Bobbie also reveled in traveling the world: scuba diving in the Caribbean, The Great Barrier Reef, and the Fiji Islands. They loved hunting dove in Texas, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay. Every year they took three fishing trips to the Texas Coast catching their limits of redfish and trout. Bobbie will miss Sam in so many ways but most often in the morning. She would rise to fix their breakfast and Sam would come into the kitchen to say, "Time for our hug." He would then help, her carry their breakfast to the bedroom where they would eat from their tray as they discussed the day's activities and read the newspapers. Their marriage was one of continuous honeymoon for almost 30 years.

R. Sam Rea is survived by his wife, Dorothy Giberson Rea; stepson and wife, Douglas and Rachael Whittaker Croom; grandchildren, Travis Rea Croom, Tyler Lee Croom, Mazette Louise Croom, and his chocolate Lab "Mark."

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, to make a contribution to a in honor of Sam.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church, 5600 RR 620 North, Austin, Texas, at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2014, with a reception following at the church.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2014