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John “Johnny” Charles Rice, 61, passed away on September 26, 2012. John is the son of the late Charles and Wilma Skipper Rice of Lexington. He was a husband, father, step-father, grandfather and friend whose passion for life and music will never be forgotten. He was a longtime resident of Lexington and currently resided in Salisbury with his wife Sandra Disher Rice.
Johnny was a 1969 graduate of Lexington Senior High, attended Davidson County Community College and completed numerous Electronics programs. He retired from Kimberly Clark Corporation as an Electronics Technician.
Johnny loved his family and friends so deeply and brought joy to so many of us through his gifted talents of saxophone and guitar, as well as many other musical instruments. He will always be remembered for his love of life, witty sense of humor and contagious smile.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, is daughter, Allison Rice Crowell, husband Lee, and his three beautiful granddaughters Regan, Emilie and Leah of Lexington; daughters, Katelin Rice and Railei Rice of Thomasville with mother Carolyn Cole Rice; Charlene Sawyer of Massachusetts; brothers, David Cappel-Rice and wife Tracy of New Zealand, Larry Rice and wife Mary Young of Raleigh; sister, Karla Jones and husband Rusty of Florida; step-children, Michael Manuel of Salisbury and Heather Manuel Drake of Charlotte.
A celebration of Johnny’s life will be held on Thursday, October 4th at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Following the service, family and friends will meet at the home of Lee and Allison Crowell, 212 Overbrook Drive in Lexington.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury, NC is assisting the Rice family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.