Tue. Jun. 6, 2017
2:00 pm
Munholland United Methodist Church
1201 Metairie Road
Metairie , LA 70005.
Wed. Jul. 12, 2017
2:00 pm
Providence Presbyterian Church
10140 Providence Church Lane
Charlotte , NC 28277.
In Memory of
Harris Green Lee Rea III

Harris Green Lee Rea, III, (often called Lee) passed into the arms of our Lord and Savior, on May 11, 2017 at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas surrounded by his wife Carmen and family and friends after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. 

He is survived by his wife, Carmen Faye Sunda, his children Harris Green Lee Rea, IV (Lee) and Lillie McCall Rea, his step-son, Joseph Gregory Meier, Lee and Lillie’s mother, Shirani Jayasuria Rea, his mother, Doris McCall Rea and his sisters and brother, Martha Rea Calkins, LuAnne Rea, Robin Rea Carico, Mark Odell Rea, his “adopted son” Kumar Percy Jayasuriya, Kumar’s wife Betsy and their child Vijay, who he called Lil' Mack, his devoted niece Tammy Douglas, nieces and nephew, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was proceeded in death by his father, Harris Green Lee Rea, II.  

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Harris moved to New Orleans in 1968 to attend Tulane University, where he fell in love with New Orleans and its rich and diverse musical culture.  He assisted in the start-up of the Tulane campus record store that became Mushroom Record Store.   He was a music promotor, food franchise owner and founder of Peaches Records and Tapes, now operated by Shirani Jayasuria Rea and his children Lee and Lillie.  

Harris Rea started Big Easy Distribution, establishing the careers of many now national known artists and record labels.  In 1996, Harris founded Louisiana Red Hot Records in New Orleans, Louisiana, a leader among Southern independent labels in marketing and worldwide distribution, and has released over 200 albums of the hottest Blues, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Zydeco, Cajun and Rock. Harris received the Cutting Edge Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and in 2016 was named Record Label of the Year by OffBeat Magazine in the Best of the Beat Awards.  

In lieu of flowers, he has requested donations to leukemia research at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas, https://gifts.mdanderson.org.  A Celebration of Life will be held at Munholland Methodist Church, 1201 Metairie Road, Metairie, La. 70005 on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 2pm followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall and at Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Church Lane, Charlotte, NC 28277, July 12, 2017 at 2pm followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. 



Sign Guestbook

Dean Shapiro

Memories from the Mushroom days

To a good friend and brother


Message from
Dean Shapiro
Sun, 05/21/2017

Harris was a good man whose heart was in the music of New Orleans. I reviewed a number of Louisiana Red Hot releases for the various publications I wrote for in the New Orleans area and they were always good reviews. Harris had good taste and judgement in the artists he recorded and I was always happy to oblige when he sent or gave me, in person, a record to review. Like several other record company executives, he lost his studio near De Saix Circle during the Katrina flooding but he kept the label going and managed one of the few record stores (Peaches) that somehow survived into the digital age. I hadn't seen him over the last seven or eight years or maybe even longer but I always will have good memories of a time when I was much more into the local music scene than I am now. My condolences to his family and the many friends he made over the years.

Message from
Paul Nicoletti
Wed, 05/24/2017

Thoughts for a good friend/brother who shared a love of music, food, and Joie de Vivre. I admire you for your strength in your struggles. Now you are at peace, getting the rest you deserve. Your laughter will be missed - the world is sadly quieter without you.