In Loving Memory of Bennie Rice, Sr.

Bennie Rice, Sr.

Bennie Rice, Sr.

Lake Ariel, PA June 24, 1925 ~ April 12, 2015 Date of Service: April 18, 2015

Bennie Rice, Sr., 89, of The Hideout, Lake Ariel, and formerly of Newark, NJ died Sunday morning in the Regional Hospital of Scranton after being stricken ill.  He and his wife, the former Essie Mae Brown, celebrated 62 years of marriage on December 25th.

Born June 24, 1925 in Richmond, VA, son of the late James and Annie Young Rice, he was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II and had been employed at Englehard Industries in New Jersey, while additionally being self employed as a licensed barber at Rice’s Barber Shop in Newark for over 25 years prior to retirement.  Bennie was a member and also served as Deacon of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Scranton.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Sen. Ronald L. Rice and wife Shirley of Newark, NJ, Joseph G. Rice and wife Lenora of Gloucester, VA, and Benjamin Rice of Newark, NJ; daughters Renee Rice and Cassandra Trazie, both of Newark, NJ, and Sharon Edoo of Lake Ariel; a stepson, Alton Brown, Cleveland, OH, 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws.

Bennie was preceded in death by sons Bennie Rice, Jr. and Edward W. Rice; brothers Otis, George, James, Richard and Edward Rice; and a sister Genevieve Rice.

The funeral will be Saturday with services at 10 a.m. in the Shiloh Baptist Church, 223 William St., Scranton, by Rev. Dr. Cornelius Williams.  Friends may pay their respects at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. 

Interment will follow in the Dunmore Cemetery, 400 Church St., Dunmore.

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Denis & Terry O'Shea
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So Sorry for your loss
Reply #16 on : Tue April 28, 2015, 18:39:05
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We will keep you in our thoughs and prayers and hope that the warm memories will bring you comfort.

The O'Shea's
Anonymous
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Re: In Loving Memory of Bennie Rice, Sr.
Reply #15 on : Sun April 19, 2015, 09:20:00
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My deepest condolences to the family of Bennie. I truly had a soft spot in my heart for him . He was kind and generous and had a loving heart for his family and Lord . He will be missed .
Laurie Clark
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Our deepest sympathy
Reply #14 on : Sat April 18, 2015, 08:35:13
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The thoughts and prayers of our family are with you and yours at this difficult time. May Bennie Rest in Peace.

With our deepest sympathies to our dear friend, Senator Ron Rice and family.

Laurie Clark-Kady
William and Marion Smith
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In Loving Memory of Bennie Rice, Sr.
Reply #13 on : Fri April 17, 2015, 15:04:51
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To Joseph Rice and Family, Our prayers are with you and your family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Gregory & Wanda Carter
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With Sympathy for the Joe & Ron Rice & Family
Reply #12 on : Fri April 17, 2015, 14:36:17
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We are sorry we cannot be there with you, but know that we share your sorrow. The sudden passing of your father was really a shock, but keep leaning and depending on the Lord. Your faith will get you through.

Love, Gregory & Wanda
Gordon Wilson
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Passing of Bennie Rice, Sr.
Reply #11 on : Fri April 17, 2015, 14:14:10
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I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I pray that God will grant you peace and understanding during this period of your lives.
Love, The Wilson Family.
Regina Burrell
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Sorry for Your Loss
Reply #10 on : Fri April 17, 2015, 13:40:56
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Joe & Lee and family. I was saddened to learn of the passing of your father/father-in-law. I'm sending out a prayer for all of you during this time.
Robert and Karen Levin
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To Sen. Rice and Family
Reply #9 on : Fri April 17, 2015, 13:12:32
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From what we read, it seems that your Dad led a rich and full life. From service to his country in time of war, to service to his community as a small businessman, to service to his church, his life had a positive impact on a lot of people. Our deepest heart-felt condolences and prayers.

Karen and Robert Levin
Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins
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The Loss of your Loved One
Reply #8 on : Fri April 17, 2015, 09:20:12
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To The Family. Praying that the good Lord will show you the way through this valley of sorrow...that He will lead you beside the Still Waters, restore your soul...and comfort you with the same deep love that will one day welcome us to Heaven. With Deepest Sympathy For Your Loss. The memory of the righteous will be a blessing. Proverbs 10:7 NIV
Gerald & Pamela McElveen
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To Sen.Ronald L. Rice
Reply #7 on : Thu April 16, 2015, 19:06:42
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We are deeply saddened by the news of Bennie Rice Sr.passing, but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Palm Street Block Association send their condolence.
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