Harold M. Rice

Feb 05, 2013

1922 — 2013

CANTON — Harold Monroe Rice,  91, of Raleigh and formerly of Canton, passed away  Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Universal Health Care in Raleigh.

A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Herbert Fanning and Janie Smathers Rice.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Grover Rice.  Harold was a member of Beaverdam United Methodist Church and had been very active in the Men’s Club of the church.  Harold retired from Champion International, with 42 years of service, and was a worker with the C.C. Camp at Cove Creek.  Harold was a Master Mason and a member of the Pigeon River Lodge #386 AF&AM for more than 60 years.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hilda Harkins Rice; a daughter, Lynn Rice Warren, and her husband, Scott, of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Taylor and Bailey Warren; one sister, Wilma Cooper, of Candler; and one brother, Charles Rice, and his wife, Esta, of Canton.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7,  at Beaverdam United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow at Beaverdam Community Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. prior at the church.

Memorials may be made to Beaverdam Community Cemetery Fund, 55 Hickory Ridge, Canton, NC  28716.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.