Friends, co-workers mourn Cayce Vice at Augusta funeral home

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 10:51 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 3:27 PM
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 None of those gathered Wednesday had expected to be saying goodbye to the vivacious young woman to whom they had offered birthday wishes only one week before.

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A video slideshow was shown with photos taken throughout Cayce Vice's life during a memorial service in her honor at Thomas Poteet & Sons funeral home.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
A video slideshow was shown with photos taken throughout Cayce Vice's life during a memorial service in her honor at Thomas Poteet & Sons funeral home.

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“It’s such a great loss of such a beautiful lady at such a young age,” said the Rev. Don Prosser, addressing about 100 people filling a chapel at Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Home who were there to bid farewell to Cayce Vice.

Vice had just turned 21 on Jan. 25.

Prosser acknowledged that the pain felt by family and friends was almost beyond all understanding, but he urged those who were grieving to lean on their faith for help.

He hoped that Vice’s short life could lead others to reach out to those in pain, especially others who might be victims of domestic violence.

“We must not take life for granted. We can’t take for granted that a victim of domestic violence may be right next door,” Prosser said.

Police say Vice had suffered beating from her boyfriend, Joshua Tremaine Jones, only a couple of weeks before her body was discovered in her apartment. She had been shot in the head. The Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office has obtained warrants for murder and weapons charges against Jones, who remains in the Aiken County Detention Center also charged with murder in Saturday’s slaying of Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandra E. Rogers.

“The days that we do have, we need to live life to the fullest. Cayce did that. She loved life,” Prosser said.

A few others spoke about Vice, including her former managers at Food Lion and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. They talked about what a diligent and caring person she had been.

Donna Rigdon, her boss at Five Guys, said Vice had plans to move on to bigger and better things.

“She had goals and she was achieving those goals,” Rigdon said.

Dorsey Timmerman said Vice came to her aid one day when her car wouldn’t start in a McDonald’s parking lot.

“I was wearing my Five Guys uniform and she said she needed a job,” Timmer­man said.

Within a few days they were working together at the Washington Road restaurant, and they soon became close friends.

“If I called her at 4 o’clock in the morning, she would always answer the phone,” Timmerman said. “She was one of the best friends I ever had.”

Timmerman said she would spend the night at Vice’s apartment occasionally, but never spoke to Joshua Jones.

“He wouldn’t even make eye contact,” she said. “She didn’t know anything about his past. If she had known any of that, they wouldn’t have been together.”


A candlelight vigil will be held outside Cayce Vice’s apartment building at The Greens on Washington, 2524 Washington Road, at
6 tonight, according to the Rev. Don Prosser.

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cytoranger 02/02/12 - 02:03 am

May strenghten this family during their time did pain and sorrow. From the entire CSRA I apologize for the unbelievable behavior of Austin Rhoades toward the sister and other family members on his show the other day. Un Freaking believable that.he would scream at a heart broken sister and demean her father for what he called lack of action with or without all the facts. Way over the line Bro, again I send love and condolences to the family. My prayers are lifted.for you. Austin, we all have to answer for our actions on the day of jusgement

cytoranger 02/02/12 - 02:05 am
Of pain and sorrow. Sorry , I

Of pain and sorrow. Sorry , I angry to proof read

avidreader 02/02/12 - 06:01 am
What a tragic story. This is

What a tragic story. This is one situation where the murderer should be kept in prison for the remainder of his life so the memories of his youth can haunt him forever. Death by execution is sometimes the easy way out.

stillamazed 02/02/12 - 12:25 pm
It is horrible what has

It is horrible what has happened here but people need to realize that this young man had a family who loved him also, and it would be respectful to control some of the things you post. After all, it is not his families fault what he has done and it seems from seeing interviews with them that they were loving caring parents.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 02/02/12 - 12:54 pm
My deepest condolences to

My deepest condolences to Ginny Vice and father. May our God hold you and comfort you and may your precious sister and daughter's life count for the glory of God. Your community supports you and understands how difficult this struggle is for you. Not one of us parents or mentors perfectly.

ll2 02/02/12 - 02:58 pm
Austin Rhodes is

Austin Rhodes is irrelevant... and it is a shame he went on the air with his typical mindless rants going on and on without knowing what all this family might have done. Besides...she was 21 years old. There is only so much a family CAN do for someone that is, after all, an adult.

raul 02/02/12 - 03:04 pm
@Willow. Well said.

@Willow. Well said.

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