June 5, 1934 ~ September 3, 2011

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Oteen, NC

Gene T. Rice, 77, of Oteen, died Saturday, September 3, 2011, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late James H. Rice, Sr. and Jennie Miller Rice. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Bradley Rice, and brothers Hugh and Jack. Gene was retired as an owner/operator of an Exxon service station. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by sisters Sarah Chaney and husband Jimmy, and Tommie Eller; children Jimmy, Jennifer, and Cathy; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and 8 special nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Scotty. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Green Hills Cemetery, with the Rev. Ken Kelly officiating. The family of Gene will be forever grateful for the loving care he received. Memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. TO THE FAMILY OF GENE,

    SO SORRY TO READ ABOUT GENE’S PASSING. HE WAS SUCH A GREAT FRIEND TO ME. hE AND i GO AWAY BACK. wE WORKED TOGETHER @ colonial baking co. always hung around at the station. I sure will miss him but it is coming to all of us one day. you have my deepest sympathy. I will never forget him. god bless all of you. prayerfully, charles christy

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  2. To Gene’s family . . .

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We met Gene about 15 years ago and he became a close and cherished friend to us. He’s at home with the Lord Jesus now, no more pain and suffering, he’s whole and healthy again. We’ll all see him again one day. Our love and prayers are with all of you. Good-bye Gene . . . we love you and we’ll miss you, but we’ll see you again one day.

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  3. Gene will always hold a special place in my heart. I will cherish our daily conversations at Scenic. His suffering is over, he has a new body and sits with God looking down on us. Tommie, you are one strong lady. Gene was blessed to have you in his life. My condolences to the entire family. Love to you.

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