OBITUARY

Vernon Hubert Rice

July 1, 1938September 3, 2020

Vernon Hubert Rice of Mechanicsville, VA was promoted to his heavenly home on the evening of September 3, 2020 at the age of 82. He passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and children at his side. Vernon was born on July 1, 1938 in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of William Cecil and Erma Mae Taylor Rice.

Vernon loved and worked with automobiles his entire life. From the age of 18, he worked at Standard Oil Company in Birmingham, AL, then relocated to Jacksonville, FL and was eventually hired to Key Buick as a technician. He later became a salesman before transferring to Royal Oldsmobile in Richmond, VA as the Service Director. While remaining with Royal, he was later transferred to Minneapolis, MN, Huntsville, AL, Brunswick, GA, and returned back to Richmond, VA as a Service Director. He retired from Key-Royal Automotive after approximately 45 years of loyal service.

One of his greatest joys in life was the love he had for his wife, Dorothy Lunette Moody Rice. They were married July 1, 1957 (on his birthday) in Columbus Mississippi and recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Together, they enjoyed traveling with family and friends and journeyed to faraway places like the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, England, France, Hawaii, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and England. Upon retirement they traveled in their motor home where they enjoyed places around water and mountains with family members and friends that also loved motor home travel.

He loved being with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Whether it was beach trips, lawnmower (tractor) rides, car rides to buy candy cigarettes in the old Cadillac (aka the “bat mobile”), dyeing and hiding Easter eggs, family dinners, or boating and fishing. He just loved being with his family..

Vernon is survived by his wife (Lunette). Other survivors include his daughter, Beverly Sweeney (Howard), son Dennis Rice (Sandra), grandson Andy Rice (Amanda), granddaughters Erin Allen (David) and Lisa Rice, and great grandchildren Ellie Rice and Carter Allen.

He had 8 brothers and sisters plus many nieces and nephews. The three surviving siblings are sisters Bertha Flowers (James, deceased) of Fultondale, AL, Dot Brown (Tom) of Rome, GA, and Linda Hawkins (Gary) of Pikeville, TN. Deceased brothers and sisters are Frank Rice, Clara (Nell) Phillips Hoffman, William (Bo) Rice, Marjorie Tolbert Ellis, and Milton (Rusty) Rice.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 8th from 4:30-6:30 at Woody’s Funeral Home-Atlee Chapel (9271 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116). Funeral Service is on Wednesday, September 9th at 1:45pm at Northside Baptist Church (7600 Studley Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116) with a graveside service to follow at Signal Hill Memorial Park (12360 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover, VA 23069). The service will be broadcast via Facebook Livestream at Northside Baptist Church Live, Mechanicsville, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Northside Baptist Church.

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  • Vernon is the son of William Cecil and Erma Mae Taylor Rice.
    Vernon is survived by his wife (Lunette). Other survivors include his daughter, Beverly Sweeney (Howard), son Dennis Rice (Sandra), grandson Andy Rice (Amanda), granddaughters Erin Allen (David) and Lisa Rice, and great grandchildren Ellie Rice and Carter Allen.
    He had 8 brothers and sisters plus many nieces and nephews. The three surviving siblings are sisters Bertha Flowers (James, deceased) of Fultondale, AL, Dot Brown (Tom) of Rome, GA, and Linda Hawkins (Gary) of Pikeville, TN. Deceased brothers and sisters are Frank Rice, Clara (Nell) Phillips Hoffman, William (Bo) Rice, Marjorie Tolbert Ellis, and Milton (Rusty) Rice.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

  • Graveside

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Memories

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Robyn Dalton

September 8, 2020

Like the others, my memories are positive and happy being with Vernon and Lunette in Brunswick, GA when visiting Dennis and Sandra. He certainly lived a full and productive life and his "promotion" is well earned and deserved. I am grateful to have spent time with him. Vernon was fortunate to have such loving family and friends.

Eddie VanDerbeck

September 7, 2020

I will always remember the times around the pool with your Dad telling stories and having a laugh when he and you Mom visited in Brunswick, and the time we visited them in VA. He lived quite a life and leaves behind a great legacy in his family. Here's to you Vernon, rest well until we meet again!

Roma Allen

September 7, 2020

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Vernon. He was a true gentleman and always very welcoming to me and Bob on our visits.

Wishing you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Roma Allen.

Donna Ables

September 7, 2020

There are so many great memories but the consistent memory is how special and how loved Uncle Vernon made you feel. Even as a kid, he made you feel like what you had to say was important. His kindness is something I’ll always remember and his smile I’ll never forget. Thank you Uncle Vernon for teaching not only your family love and kindness—- thank you for sharing it with all that met you.❤️⚓️

Rickey Rice

September 7, 2020

I remember when we visited Uncle Vernon and Aunt Lunette in Florida. We woke up to a table full of breakfast food. Dennis and I ran out and played in the woods.
That was a great memory.

Linda Maupin

September 6, 2020

Lunette and family, Doug and I are so deeply saddened to hear of Vernon’s passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate the difficult days ahead. Our love to each of you. Linda and Doug

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