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ASHEVILLE - Bill Rice, 83, passed away Thursday November 10, 2011 at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center. He was born September 13, 1928 to the late Clarence Walter and Bertha Tallent Rice, and is also preceded in death by his son, Sammy Rice; and sisters, Willie Jones, Margie Sealy, Opal Crompton, Lucille Sawyer, and Louise Branton.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Betty Owen Rice, son, Steve Rice and wife, Sandi, of Weaverville. A memorial service is planned for Saturday November 12, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Weaverville with the Rev. Keith Watkins officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, those that wish may send donations to the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center. To sign Mr. Rice's online registry please visit www.ashevillemortuaryservices.com.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 11, 2011