John Luther Rice



ASHEVILLE – John Luther Rice, age 78, of Asheville, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, January 22, 2018.

Luther was born March 27, 1939 in Madison County to the late Thomas Henry and Bessie Clark Rice. He lived in Asheville and attended Cedar Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Luther retired from Life of Georgia Insurance Company. Also, preceding him in death are his sisters, Oma Rice Crowder and Sally Rice Lunsford; brothers, Carl, James and Charles Rice.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Patsy Crawford Rice; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Nancy Roberts and husband Welmon and Barbara Ball; brothers-in-law, W.C. Crawford and wife Irma, Larry Crawford and wife Kayron, Harry Lee Crawford and wife Brenda.

His funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville. Pastor Roger Boone will officiate.

Burial will follow in Locust Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
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