Ivory Victor Rice

27p1.previewIvory Victor “I.V.” Rice Sr., 75, of 1006 Saluda St., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Widower of Bernice Miller Rice, he was born in Spartanburg County and was the son of the late Lewis and Aline Johnson Rice. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran and a former employee of Draper and John H. Montgomery mills.

Mr. Rice was predeceased by a sister, Dr. Betty “BJ” Staggs.

Surviving are 10 daughters, Cheryl Boyce of Spartanburg, Myrna Rice of Greer, Arita Rice of Charlotte, Nancy (Fred) Waddell of Moore, Hazel Ann Kimbel of Jacksonville, FL, Jeanette Dewberry, Annette Manning, Sandra (Ricky) Bobo, Gloria Miller and Clara Brannon, all of Chesnee; five sons, Ivory (Pastor Brenda) Rice Jr., Kevin and Kenneth Rice, Jack Manning of Spartanburg and Robert Miller of Oklahoma City, OK; three sisters, Annie Bell (Ronald) Peake of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Ann (Maceo) Medley of Silverwood, MI, and Jenelle (Larry) Bey of Atco, NJ; a brother, James (Garle) Griffin of Spartanburg; and an uncle, Robert L. (Beverly) Rice of Orangeburg.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 19, at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Miller officiating. Interment will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens. He will lie in state from 1-2 p.m.

The family will receive friends at his home and at the home of Cheryl Boycd, 150 Dover Road, Spartanburg.

Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary, Gaffney.