Nathanael A. Rice
Nathanael A. Rice, age 73, a lifelong resident of Ashford passed away peacefully into God’s presence on Monday, November 19, 2018 at a Dothan hospital.
Funeral services for Mr. Rice will be held at 2PM Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Watermark Church with Pastor Todd Thorpe, Rev. Larry Adams and Rev. Gaylon Benton officiating. Burial will follow in the Ashford City Cemetery with Family First Funeral & Cremation Care directing. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30PM until service time in the sanctuary. Contributions may be made to Watermark Church, Mission Fund, 103 Elmer Road, Ashford, AL 36312.
Mr. Rice was born in Houston County on June 23, 1945 to the late William Spurgeon and Velman Bradshaw Rice. Nathanael accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 16. In his early twenties he developed a serious personal relationship with the Lord that continued to grow stronger every day of his life. Mr. Rice worked with his family at B & R Milling Company for most of his life and was the former Fire Chief for Ashford Fire Department for ten years. In his spare time, Nathanael enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, joking around and making people laugh. He also enjoyed Alabama football.
In addition to his parents, Nathanael is preceded in death by a brother, Matthew Rice and a brother-in-law, Leon Givens. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Brenda Rice of Ashford; a daughter, Rusti Rice of Ashford; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Cilem Rice of Ashford and Heath and Kim Rice of Pansey; a sister Wylene Givens of Dothan; six grandchildren Hayden (Blake) Rosenkoetter, Maegan (Matt) Randall, Taylor Rice, Madelyn Rice, Reece Rice, Ezra Rice and four great-grandchildren.
Care for the Rice family is being provided by Jason Shepard, Randy Crenshaw and staff at Family First Funeral & Cremation Care.
Family First Funeral & Cremation Care, 965 Woodland Drive, Dothan, AL