James Oscar “Jim” Rice Jr.

James Oscar “Jim” Rice Jr.

Catawba County, North Carolina, USA
Death 28 Mar 2017 (aged 79)
Boone, Watauga County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Conover, Catawba County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 177908807 · View Source
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James "Jim" Oscar Rice Jr. CONOVER James "Jim" Oscar Rice Jr., 79, of Conover, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.

Born June 9, 1937, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late James Oscar Rice Sr. and Nell Flack Rice.

Jim was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, and was an associate member of Grace Lutheran Church in Boone.

Over the years, Jim was very involved within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, both locally and across the United States. He was active in various civic, educational, and community organizations throughout his career, including Lenoir-Rhyne University, Newton-Conover Rotary Club and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, which Jim helped form in the 1970's. Jim was most proud of being the founder and CEO of VisionAire Jets and seeing his dream realized.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Glenda Lorraine Butler Rice.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Roseman Rice, of Blowing Rock; sons, Andy Rice and wife, Taffy, of Granite Falls, Jeff Rice and wife, Denise, of St. Louis, Mo., Brad Rice and wife, Liz, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Steve Fennell, of Newton and Stuart Fennell and wife, Laura, of Greensboro; sisters, Dr. Pat R. Whitley, of Salisbury and Peggy R. Sherrill, of Asheboro; grandchildren, Drew Rice, Kat R. McGee and husband, Zach, Will Rice, Sarah R. Shadday and husband, Matthew, Jackson Rice, Benjamin Rice, Tscharner Fennell, Mason Fennell, Justin Fennell and Alyssa Fennell.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover.
The Rev. A. Mark Schudde will officiate and the burial will follow in Conover City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday. Jim's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Concordia Lutheran Church, 216 5th Ave. SE, Conover, NC, 28613, or to Grace Lutheran Church, 115 E. King St., Boone, NC, 28607.

Condolences may be sent to the Rice family at www.drumfh-conover.com. The Rice family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 177908807
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Oscar “Jim” Rice Jr. (9 Jun 1937–28 Mar 2017), Find a Grave Memorial no. 177908807, citing Conover City Cemetery, Conover, Catawba County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by David Wheeling (contributor 48996417) .