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Obituaries for June 16, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thomas Lynn "Tommie" Rice, 70, of Newbern, died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at his residence.

He was a retired employee for the state of Tennessee, a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of Newbern Masonic Lodge, member of Mt. Tirzah Baptist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Phipps officiating. Burial will be in Yorkville Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Bettye Carolyn Reed Rice of Newbern; a daughter, Beth Anne Mallard and husband, Shad, of Newbern; two sons, Brian Douglas Rice and wife, Pam, of Dyersburg, and Barry Lynn Thompson and wife, Cindi, of Newbern; two sisters, Linda Kaye Gentry and husband, Ted, of Newbern, and Carol Denise Wright of Memphis; a brother, Donald Allen Rice and wife, Sandra, of Bartlett; and three grandchildren, Kristin Blair Rice, Jaymes Brody Thompson and Jacob Rice Mallard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Douglas and Maggie Mae Watson Rice.

Pallbearers will be Matt Johnson, Sean McAlister, Taylor Woodard, Daniel Mobley, Jon Gentry, Cain Johnson, Tim Williams, Chris Wright and Jason Fernandes. Honorary pallbearer will be Buddy Dunnagan.

Sign online condolences at www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com