Beatrice Thelma Warren Rice

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Beatrice Thelma Warren Rice, born September 22, 1914 in Buncombe Co., died Thursday, December 22, 2016. Mrs. Rice was a daughter of the late Belton and Sue McElrath Warren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Burton Rice, sisters Muriel Johnson and Francis Cogburn, and brothers Jay, Spurgeon, and Alonzo Warren. Through the years, Mrs. Rice was employed at American Enka, Bon Marché, Belk, and Profitt's, retiring at age 87. After retirement, she volunteered at the Transylvania County and Mission Hospitals. She was a member of West Asheville Baptist Church for over 50 years, and was currently a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. Surviving are her daughters, Priscilla Morgan (Rev. Alvin) and June Dockery (Bill); 6 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with Pastor Daniel Dockery officiating. Interment will follow at Piney Mountain United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. What a precious lady she was. She had a long and productive life and blessed many along the way. Heaven has surely received a blessed gift this Christmas! We love you all.

  2. Such a life well lived. She didn’t know the word ‘retirement.’ We should all wish to be so dedicated to our fellow man, family and country. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  3. June, just saw where you Mother passed away.Sorry to see that. She was so precious when we came caroling that Sunday evening. I will cherish the dishclothes she made me. Praying for you all.

  4. We are praying for you and your family. Alvin is being remembered also. We know she is at rest with Jesus. Jerry and Nancy Holland

    (We are relatively new members at Rawls, but we feel we know you because of all the wonderful things we have heard about you and Alvin.)

  5. June and Priscilla. We were very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom (whom we all called Aunt Bee). Years ago we visited with my mom (her sister) Muriel. We will always remember her for her gracious, southern hospitality.

  6. Priscilla and Alvin and Family,
    Please know you all are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We met your mother when she came to church with you at Rawls. She certainly was an inspiration to those around her. We can know with certainty that she is now with Jesus in Heaven.
    Love and Prayers, M.R. and Jean Smith

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was such a special lady and we were blessed to have known her. We are still enjoying the dish clothes that she crocheted.

  8. June and Priscilla and families,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Bea was our true ‘southern lady’. What a blessing to have her and hope we can all set the example for our children and grandchildren as she did for all of us. God Bless you during this time.

  9. Such a great lady! Many happy memories visiting June and Priscilla
    during our youth. She always had a smile and welcomed us to her home.
    We have truly lost a great role model. Prayers for June, Priscilla and your families.

  10. June, I just learned that your mother passed away. I’m so sorry and I know you and your family will miss this great lady. it’s really hard losing a mother.

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