Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA


Curry Lee Rice

July 5, 1957May 10, 2020

Curry Lee Rice, 62, of Coleman Falls, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Lynchburg General Hospital after a brief illness. Curry was the best friend and loving husband to Donna Rice for 33 years and father to his four legged children, Duke, Beau, and Chi Chi.

Curry was born on July 5, 1957 to the late Herbert D. Rice, Sr. and Della Vest Rice. He was the grandson of the late Benjamin and Sallie Rice and Andrew and Isabelle Vest. Other than his parents and grandparents, Curry was proceeded in death by two brothers, Pete Rice and Ricky Rice and his mother-in-law, Dianna McCulloch.

In addition to his wife, Curry is survived by a brother, Claude (Boo) Rice and his wife Sharon and their sons, Brandon and Dakota; sister-in-law, Dannette Petty and her husband John and their children, Johanna, Kristin, Cody, and Cara; brother-in-laws, Gene Ayers, Jr. and Billy Ayers and his children Jarett and Tori; father-in-laws, Gene P. Ayers, Sr. and his wife Wanda and Dan F. McCulloch; special uncle who was like a father to him, Ryland Rice; two aunts, Ann White and Katherine Brown; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, with a special cousin Calvin Rice and his wife Mary Jane.

Curry was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing on the James River with his best friend, Kevin Booth.

Curry had lots of special people in his life and he loved his family and friends especially his friends at his second home Boonboro Auto Clinic where he loved spending his time with Kevin, Amy, Earl, and Chaney. Curry had a special place in his heart for his niece, Cara who was the apple of her uncle Curry’s eye and he loved to brag about her to everyone. He often said Cara was the daughter he never had. Curry retired from the Lynchburg Fire Department in 2012 after 32 years of service as a dedicated firefighter and later as a captain. As well as a firefighter, Curry also had his own lawn care business. Curry will be remembered as a man that lived a simple life and was a hard worker to provide a good life for himself and his “bride” Donna. He would help anyone that needed help in their time of need. He will be dearly missed by his wife, family, and friends.

Donna and his brother, Claude, would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the CTICU unit for the excellent care given to Curry. They would also like to thank all of the family and friends for being there for them at this time of need.

Due to the current restrictions on gatherings, a graveside service will be held 2 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Fort Hill Memorial Park and will be streamed via facebook at facebook.com/whittenfuneralhome. There will be no formal visitation, however the funeral home will be open from 9 – 5 on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 for the public to pay their respects and sign the register. Please note that the funeral home staff will assist in maintaining the 10 person at a time and social distancing guidelines. You are encouraged to post a memory, note, or words of condolence to the family by going to the funeral home website at www.whittentimberlake.com. The family will also receive friends at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or the Shriners.


  • Herbert D. Rice, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Della Vest Rice, Mother (deceased)
  • Donna Ayers Rice, Wife of 33 years
  • Claude (Boo) Rice (Sharon), Brother
  • Brandon and Dakota, Brothers Children
  • Dannette Petty (John), Sister-in-law
  • Johanna, Kristin, Cody, and Cara, Dannette's Children
  • Gene Ayers, Jr., Brother-in-law
  • Billy Ayers, Brother-in-law
  • Jarett and Tori, Billy's Children
  • Gene P Ayers, Sr. (Wanda), Father-in-law
  • Dan F. McCulloch, Father-in-law
  • Dianna McCulloch, Mother-in-law (deceased)
  • Ryland Rice, Special Uncle who was like a father to Curry
  • Ann White, Aunt
  • Katherine Brown, Aunt
  • Calvin Rice (Mary Jane), Special Cousin
  • Benjamin Rice (Sallie), Grandparents (deceased)
  • Andrew Vest (Isabelle), Grandparents (deceased)
  • Pete Rice, Brother (deceased)
  • Ricky Rice, Brother (deceased)
  • Kevin Booth, Best Friend
  • Curry is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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  • Open Time to Pay Your Respects

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, May 14, 2020


Curry Lee Rice

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Jeff Staples

May 16, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Curry's passing. I have so many great memories of Curry. He was always a friend and always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. He will be greatly missed.
Peace to Donna and the family.

Debbie Martin

May 15, 2020

Donna and Family-
With our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I'm so sorry to just hear about Curry's passing tonight. Bud thought a lot of Curry and was proud to have him as his friend. May you and your family find some comfort and peace in the weeks ahead. Hold tight to the love you shared and time spent together along with the many memories you made as husband and wife and as a family.
Debbie Martin
Trey Martin

David Burnett

May 14, 2020

So sorry to learn of Curry's passing. Growing up on the James River I remember seeing Curry and all his brothers fishing at Reusen's dam. My first job was working at Pearsons with Della. I would see Curry and his brothers daily. Being a little older they were fun to watch. Curry always focused was an outstanding person and I will always remember his hard work and dedication to his family. Donna I am hoping you are fairing OK with your loss. I am certain it is hard, but will get better with time. Much love to all the Rice Family. Best regards, David Burnett

Sandi Martin

May 14, 2020

We are so thankful we ran into Curry and Donna at a gun show not too long ago and got to catch up
We worked together at Fed Ex for years and being from Big Island, we knew a lot of the same people.
Curry was one of a kind and we will always cherish our friendship.
Donna and family, we will continue to pray for you all.
Sandi and Jerry Martin

Diane Henson

May 14, 2020

Donna, Boo and all the family...my condolences and love go out to each of you. Curry Lee was always loved by all of us even though our paths seldom crossed because of deaths and distances. May His Memory Be A Blessing....

Tommy and Billie Ayers

May 14, 2020

Donna, Tommy and I are so sorry of Curry's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. If you need any thing please let us know.

Tammy Layne

May 13, 2020

Curry was honest, kind, hardworking and was the same every time you saw him! He touched a lot lives during his life. My heart goes out to Donna, Boo, and to all his family and friends. He will be missed. REST IN PEACE.

Diane and Mike Cochran

May 13, 2020

Donna, our prayers are with you and your family. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Sherry Dean

May 13, 2020

Words cannot express how Curry will be missed with his lovely smile and the kindness and love he showed to his family and friends. We will really miss him coming to Phillips Wheel Alignment dropping off cars from Boonsboro Auto Clinic and especially his beautiful tomatoes he would bring from his garden. He was such a special person with a huge heart. He will truly be missed by all.

Mark Britton

May 12, 2020

I met Curry in 1980 when I went to work for the Lynchburg Fire Dept. I was there that night on Rivermont Ave when Curry and Ken Motley pulled that boy out. I didn’t think anyone would come out alive that night. The heat from that fire melted the face shields on their helmets. Later after Ken left the Dept. Curry and I worked together on 724 at Station 1(Rescue 1 now) and at Miller Park (station 6). He taught me a lot and we fought A LOT of fires together, and had a lot of good times .I was in Donna and Curry’s wedding. When he would answer the phone I would always say HELLO FRIEND. He knew who I was. I can’t believe he’s gone!! I am at a loss for words. I am so sorry for OUR loss. Dona stay strong and I will be talking to you soon.


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