James P. Rice, Age 83, of Erwin, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at the James H Quillen VA Medical Center. James was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Dedrick and Ethel Briggs Rice. He was employed for 35 years in the steel industry in Ecorse, Michigan. James served in the Korean Conflict in the U. S. Army. James was a member of the Erwin Church of Christ. In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by four brothers: Grover, Wade, Charlie and J.E. Rice, sister: Mollie Harding.
He is survived by a Nephew:
Phil Harding of Erwin
Five Nieces: Dorothy Harding of Erwin
Norma Griffith, her husband Paul of Erwin
Lois Tipton, her husband Doyle of Flag Pond
Sandra Shelton, her husband Eldon of Flag Pond
Kathy Shelton, her husband Rufus of Telford
The life of James Posey Rice will be remembered and honored in Committal Service at 1:00 PM, Friday, October 4, 2013, in the Mausoleum Chapel of Evergreen Cemetery. Minister Jeff Johnson will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:00 PM until service time on Friday in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Military Honors will be presented by the Unicoi County High School Jr. R.O. T. C. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be the men of Erwin Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the Erwin Church of Christ, 710 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, TN 37650.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of James Posie Rice through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, TN, 37650, 423-743-9187.