Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home

4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR


Billy Joe Rice, Sr.

February 9, 1952September 7, 2019

Billy Rice, Sr., 67, of Alma, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 in Van Buren. He was born February 9, 1952 in Bradford, AR to the late Robert and Zula Rice. He had worked for Time Striping in Van Buren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert W. Rice and Sim Rice.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Rice of the home; four daughters, Vanessa Taylor and husband Donald of Alma, Rhonda Hightower and husband Billy of Rudy, Sharon Huff and husband Bubba of Alma, and Janice Whitaker of Alma; three sons, Billy Rice, Jr. and wife Amber of Alma, Robert Turney and wife Lita of Houston, and Sammy Turney and wife Ava of Alma; two sisters, Mary Smith of Heber Springs, and Ruby Cordova of Alma; eighteen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at New Cemetery in Mulberry, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR.

Pallbearers will be Rick Hamilton, Timmy Williams, Tommy Williams, Jimmy Williams, Heath Nelson, and Charlie Hatman. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Hightower and Bubba Huff.

The family will visit with friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019


Billy Joe Rice, Sr.

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Brian Lee

September 11, 2019

Mr. Bill was always there with a smile and a handshake. Always had a good story to tell. Always complaining about too many people being in the shop on rainy days. I would ask him if he was really working hard? He would laugh and say of course! I know when he entered Heaven and went to his manshion there was a shop out back and a lake full of fish. When I get to Heaven I’ll find Mr Bill and ask him if he’s working hard?! I already know his answer and can’t wait to hear his stories! Take care Mr Bill! See you soon!!

steve dean

September 10, 2019

so sorry for your loss and be praying for you and your family........

Pam McFarland

September 9, 2019

Billy always had a smile on his face , and a story to tell about his grandkids. Prayers for comfort and peace for each of you.