Billy Rice   (RINGGOLD, Ga.)

RINGGOLD, Ga. - Rev. Billy Carl Rice, 79, Ringgold, Georgia, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, surrounded by many of his family members. Rev. Rice was the former pastor of South Gate Baptist Church in Augusta. Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joanna Rice; his children, Jim and Linda Bailey of Grayson, Georgia, R.L. and Lauri Moore of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Robb and Nina Rice of Suffield, Connecticut, and Bill and Julie Rice of Lynchburg, Virginia, and his grandchildren, Allan and Kyle Bailey, Christian, Jordan, and Micah Moore, Rob, Ryan, Kellen, Wiley, and Braeden Rice, and Katie, Erin, Emily, Billy, and Riley Rice. Additionally, Bill is survived by his siblings Jim Rice of Sabina, Ohio, Charley (Bug) Rice of Wittensville, Kentucky, Wilbur (Alice) Rice of Sydney, Ohio, Betty Blair of Louisa, Kentucky, and his in-laws, Mary Lloys Himes of Chattanooga, Walt and Libby Handford of Greenville, South Carolina, Don and Jessie Sandberg of Rossville, and Roger and Joy Martin of Ringgold, Georgia. Funeral services will 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church, 7815 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga with Pastor Steve Euler, Dr. Walt Handford, Dr. Roger Martin and Rev. Roger Parks presiding. Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. (CST) at the Bill Rice Ranch in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joyful Christian Ministries, P. O. Box 90028, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37412 Visit to view memorial video and share condolences. The family will receive from 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway

The Augusta Chronicle-July 17, 2009