Roell Rea

  • Born: October 23, 1956
  • Died: May 9, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner Buchanan - Washington Park North Cemetery & Funeral Center

2706 Kessler Blvd. West
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Tel. (317) 251-5959

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mr. Roell Rea Jr. was born on October 23, 1956 in Gary, Indiana to the union of Mrs. Delores Costello (Clark) Rea and Mr. Roell Ulzie Rea who both proceeded him in death.

Roell was raised in Gary, Indiana and attended Gary public schools graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1974. He attended Indiana State University for two and a half years. After completing one semester of his junior year at ISU Roell had a brief illness and had to relocate to Indianapolis to recuperate. It was here he met his favorite girl Sheila Durrell. Roell and Sheila were united in holy matrimony on June 17, 1978. To this union they had three children, Roell III, Natasha and Nicole.

Roell was a man with a wealth of knowledge or as he phrased it, "full of useless information". He was an avid sports fan, who would watch all varieties of sports on TV; to the extreme of using vacation days to watch March Madness faithfully every year. He loved to bowl, bowling for over 25 years and at times on three different leagues a week. His passion was barbequing. He loved to BBQ for holiday family gatherings. Often friends called on him to BBQ for their special occasions. He even BBQ'd for his own surprise birthday party without knowing it. He had a competitive nature and it was often demonstrated in all he did from debating an issue, playing cards or during family game night. He lived by the motto "you start; you finish". Roell was a loving father and always attended his children's sporting events. He wanted them involved in sports but he instilled in them education came first. If their grades slipped below a 'B' average he would pull them from their sports (or First Baptist youth trip) even though they were still considered eligible according to Indianapolis public school standards. His parenting duties did not stop with his own children. Roell was the best uncle to all of his nieces and nephews. He would attend their after school activities, give out discipline when needed and advice whether it was asked for or not. He fathered them as he did his own children. He loved being around family and friends. His jokes and laughter was received by many. He was very generous and enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved to travel and taking chances. He had the gift of gab and one of his many favorite sayings was "Stop me when I start lying"

Roell was presently employed at AT&T (formerly Indiana Bell, Ameritech & SBC) as a Telecommunications Specialist working for 36 years, and 6 months. He departed this earthly life on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the age of 58 years. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

Roell, affectionately called Uncle Roy or Pappa Rea leaves to cherish his precious memories his wife of 36 years, Sheila (Durrell) Rea, three children: Roell III, of Indianapolis, Natasha (Larry) Scott of Evansville and Nicole Rea of Indianapolis. Two grandchildren, Alaya Rea Nicole Scott and Moriah Elise Renea Scott both of Evansville; two brothers, Ronald (Joyce) Rodgers of Chicago, IL and Derek Rea of Sacramento, CA; three sisters, Kim Bandy of Indianapolis, Karen Parks of Gary, IN and Korliss Parks of Indianapolis along with a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Still unbelievable living life without you...breath taking when I think how you aren't here with us. Your grand babies are hilarious and we talk to them all the time about you, well not just yet Reanna...but we'll make sure she knows her Papa. Alaya still asks about you, and reminds us how she misses you too. Father's Day is approaching and I hate it...listening and reading the daddy-daughter stories are heartbreaking, yet precious. Reminds me of how blessed I am to have had you in my life, to show me what true love is. Happy early Father's Day daddy, I love and miss you terribly!

Posted by Nicole Rea - Indianapolis, IN   June 09, 2019

Sheila...thinking of you and your family today on the Anniversary of Roells Homegoing!

Posted by Sheri Watts - Indianapolis, IN - coworker   May 08, 2019

I just learned of your family loss and am deeply saddened. Roell was such a kind and gentle man and I am certain deeply missed by all who love him. He was caring, family-oriented, witty ... and those are just a few of the traits that made him the man he was. God's blessings be with you and your family, Sheila.

Posted by Cynthia Ackil - Noblesville, IN - Coworker   July 25, 2017

4 months ago today...I think about you seems like every hour! In the midst of my pain and sorrow, and even in momemts I don't understand why all I can say is that I truly am blessed to have had you for 32 years. I love you with every fiber of my body. Till we meet again, I love you daddy!!❤

Posted by Nicole - Indianapolis, IN - Daughter   September 09, 2015

Good bye my friend. You are and will continue to be missed by many. You are the best. I love you.

Posted by Peggy Baker aka Peanut Butter - West Palm Beach, FL - Friend   July 10, 2015

I said a prayer for you today, and know God must have heard- I felt the answer in my heart, Although, He spoke no word. I didn't ask for wealth or fame I knew you wouldn't mind. I asked him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind. I asked that He'd be near you at the start of each new day, To grant you health and blessings and friends to share your way. I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small, But it was his loving care I prayed for most of all. Sheila may God bless, comfort and keep you, You have a lot of memories, cherish those.

Posted by Debbie Brownlow - Indianapolis, IN - Friend/ AT&T   June 30, 2015


Roell was the kind of guy everyone loved. I worked with Roell at AT&T in the Surveillance Center.He always had something funny to say and everyone loved being around him. I know he will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Posted by Patti Roberts - Indianapolis, IN   May 31, 2015

There are no words to express how much I love and miss this man. I think about him continuously. He was such an awesome man and a wonderful FATHER. Many people aren't blessed with men in their lives and I had the ultimate blessing of not only having him in my life, but having him as a role model and a DAD!
Your favorite daughter, Ollie Mae

Posted by Nicole Rea - Indianapolis, IN   May 31, 2015

The best Man I've ever known!!! This Is so heartbreaking.. But I'm glad to have had him.. Some go a lifetime without knowing someone so great.. But I had the pleasure of being his neice!! I love my Uncle Roy!! This is a big void for us All!!

Posted by Delores Bandy - Avon, IN   May 22, 2015

Rest in peace

Posted by Debora Hardin - indianapolis, IN   May 19, 2015

We are going to miss Roell so much playing cards of course but in so many ways he was in a class all of his own funny witty and smart, Sheila we are here if you need us you know that

Thomas & Shirley

Posted by A friend   May 18, 2015

Mrs. Rea and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. It is not often that knowing someone for such a short time, that you feel a deep connection as I did with you all. I feel very blessed to have known you. Even if it was just for a moment in time. Although I was unable to have a conversation with Mr. Rea, I could tell he was a kind man who was loved by many. God Bless.

Posted by Char    May 17, 2015


To the Rea Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord continue to give you strength as individuals and as a family during this time and days ahead. Prayers to you all.

Posted by Maryalice Durrett - Indianapolis, IN   May 16, 2015

I wish to give my sincere condolences to Sheila and the kids. Roell was such a good man and so much fun to be around. God Bless you all and know that we all will keep you lifted in prayer.

Posted by Alfred & Debra Mickle - Indianapolis, IN - AT&T friend   May 16, 2015

roell,you surely are going to be missed with your quiet humor and sence of digity.i have missed playing cards with you and sheila and our great lunch times together in the cafeteria.keep smiling in heaven my friend!

Posted by vera stewart - indianapolis, IN   May 15, 2015

Roell was such a nice, easy going and fun loving gentleman who will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. May our loving, Heavenly Father comfort you now and during the many difficult days ahead in knowing that He's called Roell Home to rest in His everlasting loving arms.

Posted by Sheri Watts - Indianapolis   May 15, 2015

Roell was such a kind person. He always made me smile when I would see him in the halls of AT&T. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Latisha Woodard - Indianapolis, IN   May 15, 2015

Heaven must have really needed an angel, Roell was one of the nicest, kindest, humans God put on this earth. To Shelia and his children my deepest sympathy, we were all better knowing and being around Roe. Prayers to you all.

Posted by Sharon Field - Kokomo, IN   May 15, 2015

Take comfort in knowing he's absent from us, but home with our Lord.
We had such good times at work... He always made us laugh with is saying "Homey don't play that".

Posted by A friend   May 15, 2015

Sheila, so sorry to get the news about Roell's passing. We had a lot laughs together. We will be praying for you and your family. GOD BLESS

Posted by John Malone - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   May 15, 2015

Sheila, I was saddened to read in the paper this morning of Roell's passing. May God be with you and your family. Cherish all those happy times and years you spent together. I have to laugh when I remember the three of us walking down New York street to work and Roell saying we looked like an Oreo cookie. I love you, take care and remember the good times for they are a gift from God. Carolyn Cox

Posted by Carolyn Cox - Martinsville, IN - Friend   May 15, 2015

Our deepest condolences to your family from ours. Prayers lifted up for peace and comfort during this trying time. Hugs to you, Roell. Love, MommaMoy

Posted by On & Patti Moy - Indianapolis, IN   May 14, 2015

Prayers going out to his family! Roell and I worked together and I remember he Always made me laugh!

Posted by Ms. Chris Haywood - Cleveland, OH   May 14, 2015

Roell was an Awesome guy.. he was a pleasure to work with. We are going to miss him here in the TEMs Center (AT&T) Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.........

Posted by A friend   May 14, 2015

I had the pleasure of calling Roell my "brother" at work. He was so kind as gentle. Sheila, may God comfort you and your family, during your time of sorrow. Roell will be missed!

Posted by Deirdre Cotton - Indianapolis, IN - Co-Worker/Friend   May 14, 2015

I am saddened by the loss of Roell. My prayers go out to Sheila, his daughters, family and friends. I worked with Roell at ATT. One of the funniest people that I have ever met.

Posted by Kathy Duncan - Atlanta, GA - Co-worker   May 14, 2015


Posted by Hulda moore - indianapilis   May 14, 2015

This seems Like a horrible nightmare, you were such a great person and I know you'll continue to watch over Shelia and the rest of your family, RIP brother

Posted by lisa moore - indianapilis   May 14, 2015

I'm so sorry about your loss of Roell. He was a fun & loving person to work with. He will be missed.

Posted by Sheila Bronner - Indianapolis, IN - Friend/co-worker   May 13, 2015

Roell was funny and positive. I worked with him at Indiana Bell/Ameritech. Praying for the family and friends.

Posted by Beth Shaw - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   May 12, 2015

I had the pleasure of knowing Roell when I worked with him at AT&T. He was a pleasure to work with. He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile. He will be missed.

Posted by Dorothy Smith - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   May 12, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. Roell was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Becky Harlen - Indainapolis, IN - Previous Co-Worker   May 12, 2015

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Blessings to all the family in loving memory.
I just learned of your family loss and am deeply saddened. Roell was such a kind and gentle man and I am certain deeply missed by all who love him. He was caring, family-oriented, witty ... and those are just a few of the traits that made him the man he was. God's blessings be with you and your family, Sheila.