Dr. Rex Edward Rader Jr., DDS, FAGD, MAGD, 78, was born September 4, 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida, and went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 19, 2021.
Rex graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Springs, MD in 1961 and the University of Maryland in 1965. He served his country during the Vietnam War as an Officer in the United States Navy from 1966-1969, then went on to graduate from the Baltimore School of Dentistry in 1975. He practiced dentistry in Cookeville, TN and Chattanooga, TN until retirement in 2012. He was previously a member of Cookeville First United Methodist Church and currently a member of Hixson United Methodist Church where he served in various capacities. He was an avid hiker, former Boy Scout, and enjoyed spending time with his family, studying the Bible, and listening to music. He had a great love for learning and teaching others.
He leaves a wonderful legacy of faith for his family, as a devoted husband, a Godly Christian father, a loving grandfather, son, brother, uncle, dentist, and friend.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean, and daughters Melissa Rader of Hixson, TN and Katherine (Chad) Garland of Katy, TX, and grandchildren Kaley (14), Eli (11), and Piper (8), sisters Sue (Wayne) Bozeman of Enfield, NC, Nan Boothe of Birmingham, AL, and brother Dr. Tom Rader of Winchester, Virginia.
He is preceded in death by his parents Capt. Rex E. and Elizabeth (Betty) Rader.
Announcement of Celebration of Life Service at Hixson United Methodist Church and separate graveside service will be at a later date. Interment will be at Frazer Chapel Cemetery in Sparta, TN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Frazer Chapel Cemetery Fund (checks payable to Frazer Chapel Cemetery Fund, 536 Butts Bridge Road, Sparta, TN 38583) or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at CompanionFunerals.com