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2012-02-02 / Obituaries


Billy Gene Rice, 83, of Union, Miss. died Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at his residence.

Rice was born in Crystal Springs, Miss. He previously lived in Morton, Miss. for 29 years, but was a resident of Union, Miss. the last 18 years. Rice was in the grocery business until his retirement. He was a member of Neshoba Baptist Church in Union, Miss.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 27 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Arthur Gene Rice, Rev. Johnny Collins and Chaplin Lt. Adam Rice officiating. Interment followed in the Union City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Ruby Rice.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lessine Smith Rice of Union; children, Gary (Connie) Rice of Thomasville and Cindy (Jerry) Cleveland of Union, Miss.; grandchildren, Angela (Sean) Vereen of Chattanooga, Tenn., Bo (Rebekah) Rice of Loxley, Adam (Sarah) Rice of Louisville, Ky., Clancy (Dustin) Hamrick of Union, Miss., and Kim (Jay) Jayroe of Philadelphia, Miss.; seven great-grandchildren, Bricen, Ana and Ali Vereen of Chattanooga, Tenn., Garrett, Hannah and Samuel Rice of Loxley and Luke Rice of Louisville, Ky.; brother, Jack (Peggy) Rice of Raymond, Miss.; sister-in-law, Claudine Smith Coker of Memphis, Tenn.

Pallbearers were R.L. Goforth, Vern Green, Jimmy Miller, Rusty Hanna, Larry Moore and Jimmy Darby.

Honorary pallbearers were the Men of Neshoba Baptist Church in Union, Miss.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorials be made to Gideons International: Newton County Gideons, PO Box 297, Newton, Miss. 39345.

Milling Funeral Home in Union, Miss. directed.

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