MacMillian “Rea” Grainger of Atlanta, Georgia, and formerly of Chadbourn and Holden Beach, North Carolina, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019.

Rea is the son of Barry Rea Grainger of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the late Annette Brown Grainger.

Rea graduated from West Brunswick High School and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in high school, Rea had the opportunity of participating in two dynamic learning experiences: Presidential Classroom in Washington, DC; and being a member of the inaugural class at Martha Guy Summer Institute for future business leaders at Appalachian State University.

After college, Rea spent his career working as a healthcare consultant focused on improving access to care and operational efficiencies across the United States.

Rea continued to expand his early interests in globalization and international commerce in his attainment of a Master of Business Administration in Global Business from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Rea absolutely loved traveling. In addition to learning from other cultures, he based his travel experiences on the late Anthony Bourdain through his unwavering desire to make the world a smaller place and to foster understanding among diverse peoples and cultures through food. He had the opportunity to study at the National University of Singapore while in college and at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications during graduate school, and Rea also traveled to many parts of the world with some of his closest friends and travel companions.

Outside of traveling, Rea loved cooking, visiting wine regions, scuba diving, and being involved in the lives of family and friends. He was always known for his steadfast desire to learn from and ability to connect with people across many differing perspectives, both personally and professionally.

In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by his grandparents F.M. Sr. and Ethel Williamson Brown and Dennis Rea and Carolyn Boyd Grainger of Chadbourn. Rea was also preceded in death by an uncle, F.M. Brown, Jr.

Rea is survived by his father, his brother Revis Long (Allisia) of Whiteville; his uncle Larry Grainger of Holden Beach; his aunt Jeanne Ivey (Harold) of Fletcher; his aunt Brenda Brown of Wilmington; cousin Adrienne Roberson (Matthew) of Fletcher; cousin Jena Burkhart (Craig) of Chapel Hill; cousin Tyler Grainger of Cerro Gordo; cousin Macky Brown (Becky) of Wilmington; great aunt Betsy Grainger of Tabor City; and great aunt Patsy Cadieu of Middleton, Tennessee; as well as numerous special and life-long friends who he met throughout his various travels and experiences in life.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date upon the creation of an Eternal Reef memorial that will be placed off the North Carolina coast and will be part of an artificial reef program to support the preservation of marine environments.

Memorials may be made to the Carolina Covenant General Fund at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, which provides scholarships to high-potential students with need a promise of a world-class and debt-free college education. Donations to the Carolina Covenant can be received through the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of University Development, PO Box 309, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or 919-962-2336.