In Loving Memory of 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.