In Loving Memory of Bennie Rice, Sr.

Bennie Rice, Sr.

Bennie Rice, Sr.

Lake Ariel, PA June 24, 1925 ~ April 12, 2015 Date of Service: April 18, 2015

Bennie Rice, Sr., 89, of The Hideout, Lake Ariel, and formerly of Newark, NJ died Sunday morning in the Regional Hospital of Scranton after being stricken ill.  He and his wife, the former Essie Mae Brown, celebrated 62 years of marriage on December 25th.

Born June 24, 1925 in Richmond, VA, son of the late James and Annie Young Rice, he was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II and had been employed at Englehard Industries in New Jersey, while additionally being self employed as a licensed barber at Rice’s Barber Shop in Newark for over 25 years prior to retirement.  Bennie was a member and also served as Deacon of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Scranton.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Sen. Ronald L. Rice and wife Shirley of Newark, NJ, Joseph G. Rice and wife Lenora of Gloucester, VA, and Benjamin Rice of Newark, NJ; daughters Renee Rice and Cassandra Trazie, both of Newark, NJ, and Sharon Edoo of Lake Ariel; a stepson, Alton Brown, Cleveland, OH, 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws.

Bennie was preceded in death by sons Bennie Rice, Jr. and Edward W. Rice; brothers Otis, George, James, Richard and Edward Rice; and a sister Genevieve Rice.

The funeral will be Saturday with services at 10 a.m. in the Shiloh Baptist Church, 223 William St., Scranton, by Rev. Dr. Cornelius Williams.  Friends may pay their respects at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. 

Interment will follow in the Dunmore Cemetery, 400 Church St., Dunmore.

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Deacon JD. & Rev. Gloria Watson
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Deacon Rice Condolence
Reply #3 on : Thu April 16, 2015, 11:15:42
To The Family of Deacon Rice. You have our deepest Condolences in the Transition of Brother Rice. He will be greatly missed. Brother Rice was a man of distinction, wisdom and honor. He is resting in Peace,in the care of His Saviour.
He will be greatly missed by our family. The Watsons JD & Gloria
Jose and Candace Matos
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Re: In Loving Memory of Bennie Rice, Sr.
Reply #2 on : Thu April 16, 2015, 09:59:44
Sending prayers of comfort to the family during your time of loss. Know that God is your great comforter and He will provide all the strength you need in this moment. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Much love to you Uncle Joe and the rest of the family.
Joseph & LaTarsha Rice
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Reply #1 on : Wed April 15, 2015, 21:05:02
Our deepest condolences to the family. Know that God makes no mistakes and He is a perfect God. Look to Him for strength during this time of sorry. My Granddad has made it up those stairways to heaven. He's at his mansion were everyday is Sunday and there is no more pain. We will miss his physical present, but his spirit will forever be with us.
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