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Edgar Wayne Rice

February 11, 1927 ~ March 29, 2020 (age 93)


Edgar Wayne Rice, age 93, of 521 Ward Circle Dr., Sparta, NC; passed away Sunday,  March 29, 2020 at his residence.

He was born on February 11th, 1927 in Metz, WV to the late Luther and Della Kerns Rice. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters: Vada Michael, Evelyn West and Ruth Alkare; a brother, Dale Rice; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruth and Paul McKnight; two brothers-in-law: Lawrence McKnight and James Myers; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Thelma and C.L. Kimball.

Wayne was a 1945 graduate of Mannington High School in Mannington, WV; an army veteran serving in Germany during Occupation. He came to Winston-Salem in 1954 and worked for McLean Trucking Company until his retirement in 1984. In 1959, he and Eva Mae Myers were united in marriage. In 1992 he and Eva re-located to the Blue Ridge Mountains. He was a faithful husband, a member of First Baptist Church of Sparta and former Charter member of Parkway Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eva Mae Myers Rice of the home; a brother, Robert Rice and wife Sandy of Ohio; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Forrest Smith of Roaring Gap;  nieces, nephews and a large extended family also survive.

A private Funeral Service to honor the life of Wayne will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Sparta with the Reverend John Attaway officiating. Interment will follow in the Sparta Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Sparta, PO Box 668 Sparta, NC 28675 or to Medi-Home Hospice of Alleghany, PO Box 1287 Sparta, NC 28675.

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First Baptist Church of Sparta
202 S. Main Street
Sparta, NC 28675


Medi Home Hospice of Alleghany
PO Box 1287, Sparta NC 28675

First Baptist Church of Sparta
PO Box 668, Sparta NC 28675

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