Margie Coggins Rice

Mar 31, 2014

1941 — 2014

CLYDE — Geneieve Margie Coggins Rice, 72, of Summerset Drive, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Mission Hospital.

A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of Frances Carroll Coggins of Sylva and the late Lambert Andrew Coggins.  Margie graduated top of her class from Cullowhee High School in Cullowhee, and graduated Cum Laude from Western Carolina University where she earned her master's in secondary education.  She was a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, and the American Chemical Society, was selected by the College Board to review the National AP Chemistry Exam, and also served as School Board Chairman for Tri County Schools in Jackson County.

Margie taught at Scottsville Elementary School in Scottsville,Virginia; Randolph Junior High School in Montgomery County, Maryland; Scotts Creek School in Jackson County; Camp Lab School in Cullowhee; and also taught biology and AP chemistry at Hickory High School in Hickory; and biology at Tuscola High School.  Margie was a member of Foster Seventh-day Adventist Church of Asheville; member of Community Service Board and assistant treasurer at Foster Seventh-day Adventist Church; chairman of Hickory Seventh-day Adventist School Board in North Carolina.  She also served as treasurer of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Franklin and Sylva, and was a past member of First Baptist Church of Cullowhee.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 52 years, David O. Rice Sr.; three sons, David O. Rice Jr., of Newton, Paul Andrew Rice, and his wife, Dana Marguerite, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Michael Thomas Rice, of Millegdeville, Georgia; two sisters, Linda Kreitlow, and her husband, Bill, of Ellicott City, Maryland, and Judith Allison, of Dillsboro; and one sister-in-law, Diane Rice Mitchell, and her husband, Robert, of Charlottesville, Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Patrick Williams and Phil Rosburg officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Community Services Fund, Foster Seventh-day Adventist Church, 375 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC  28803.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at

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