Arlen Dillard Rice

Posted By | July 13, 2019 7:26 am

Arlen Dillard Rice, 82, of Sparta, passed away July 12, 2019, at Hospice of Cumberland County.

Mr. Rice was born April 22, 1937, in Sparta, to Dillard A. Rice and Lizzie Ann Daniels Rice.

He was a logger and a mechanic.

Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gertha,   Hattie, Mattie, Bertha, Lorene; and brothers Roscoe, Arzo, and Willard Rice.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Norma Sue Jones Rice; daughters, Anna Darlene (Dwight) Jackson, Jamie Lorraine (Ronnie) Burchett, Donna Sue (Christopher) Shera, Karen Diane Maxwell; stepdaughter, Debra Faye (Ronnie) Miller; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ilene Rice.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., July 14, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery.  Nathan Hawkins will officiate. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., July 13, at the funeral home.

Devin Howser, Wendell Lack Jr., Dustin Kirby, Josh Miller, Brandon Marshall and Christopher Shera will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremiah Miller and Everett Lee Daniels.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.

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