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Gertrude Shell Rice

gertrude-riceGertrude Shell Rice, age 96, of Erwin, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Care Unit. Gertrude is a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late David Carson “D.C.” and Martha Miller Shell. Gertrude was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church and a member of the Blue Ridge Pottery Club. In addition to her parents Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred “B.E.” Rice; sisters Mary Slemons and Ruth Buchanan; brothers Harry Shell, Lester Shell and Floyd Shell.


Gertrude Shell Rice has left behind to cherish her memories:

Brothers: Lawrence Shell and wife Alma, of Unicoi;

Venton Bernie Shell, of Unicoi;

Sisters-in-Law; Eloise Shell, of Erwin;

Mae Shell, of Erwin;

Sara Shell, of Erwin;

Several nieces and nephews;

Special Friend: Evelyn Ford.


The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Gertrude Shell Rice in a funeral service to be at 7:00 PM, Thursday, December 8, 2016, in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Brother Rick Babin will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM and will continue until service time on Thursday. A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 9, 2016 at Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Evergreen Cemetery for the service.


The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Charles Miller for Gertrude’s care and to Brother Rick Babin and her friends at Ninth Street Baptist Church for their many visits.


Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Gertrude Shell Rice through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.