In Memoriam

Larry Rhea Sr

Larry Rhea, Sr.

Many years ago when the internet was young, Larry Rhea, Sr. had a vision that genealogy would become a huge part of the internet. He offered me webspace for a Lamar County website and has been there for us since 1996. Sometimes he and I learned together, but no matter what kind of problem I brought to him, he jumped in and figured it out. The very first problem was when I tried to figure out how to get that very first webpage off my computer and onto the internet. I finally copied the page to a disc and got in the car and drove to Starnet. I walked in and asked Larry, Sr. how to do it. He laughed and said he didn't know either, so yelled for Larry, Jr. to come show us. And show us he did. From that one small webpage, the website has grown to over 1,000 pages. It is with deep sorrow that we have had to move our site to a new server, but also with deep gratitude for the 21 years of support that we have received from Larry Rhea, Sr. and Starnet.

- Betsy Mills


The Paris News, July 11, 2017, page 3: "Larry L. Rhea, Sr., 58, of Powderly, passed away Sunday, July 09, 2017. Services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 12th at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Norris and Dr. Mike Lawson officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-7 pm, Tuesday at the funeral home. Larry, the son of Dale A. & Wilma Stearns Rhea, was born May 30, 1959, in Paola, Kansas. He owned and operated Starnet Online and was a member of the Paris Optimist Club. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. His father and two brothers, Dale Rhea, Jr. and Bill Rhea preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Denise Tallant Rhea, whom he married on Aug. 27, 1977, building almost forty years of family and memories, his mother, Wilma Ruth Rhea of Paris, his mother-in-law, Mary J. Tallant of Paris, three children; Larry Rhea, Jr. & wife Christi of Detroit, Brian Rhea & wife Laura of Boulder, CO and Kari Daniel & husband Josiah of Paris, grandchildren; Aidan Rhea, Sophia Rhea, Clara Rhea, Charlotte Rhea and Shepard Rhea, two sisters, Darlene Pickett and Susan Deckness & husband Reinhold both of Kansas along with several nieces & nephews and a host of friends. Casket bearers will be: Larry Rhea, Jr., Brian Rhea, Josiah Daniel, Wesley Tallant, Chester Tallant and Tim Grace. Family night will be 11 July 2017 at 6:00pm at the funeral home."

Created on ... July 29, 2017