PAPA ROY RHEA 1907 – 2009

This weekend while we were up in Cape Girardeau, MO Kevin got the call that his Papa Roy had passed away at his home  down in Potts Camp, MS (just outside of Holly Springs).

I got to meet Papa several times, and had the privilege to attend his 100th and 101st birthday parties. He was a lot of fun to be around, and had a great sense of humor.

This from Kevin-

Papa Roy Velt Rhea – October 8, 1907 – April 25, 2009

The greatest person of my whole entire life has passed away at 101 years 6 months. While it should be expected, it was sudden news. Papa Roy Rhea had his mind and knowledge all the way through the end. He could remember things from his childhood and last week. His humor was always rich and quick, and you could never, ever get a joke over on him (although I did just once)!

This is going to be the worst and hardest days of my life which I have to deal with the next few days, but it is just part of what you have to deal with in life.

Prayers and good thoughts sent my way will be certainly helpful.

I put a bit of a tribute up on last night, and likely more information will go online soon. Check that out for a nice couple words about the last day. While this kills my heart and soul, it is a good way for Papa Roy’s story to end–going to sleep on the front porch of his little house that he loved so much.

Be Safe, Be Happy, Be Well,
Kevin and the Mule

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Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.


"So long, Papa- we'll miss ya!"

"So long, Papa- we'll miss ya!"


Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/ co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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