Sadie Faye Richardson Rice

Published 10:33 am Thursday, November 5, 2020

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Mrs. Sadie Faye Richardson Rice, 100, of US 64 E., Mocksville, died on Tuesday, Nov.3, 2020 at her home with her daughters by her side.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1920 to the late James Nathaniel Richardson Sr. and Chessie Alma Carter Richardson in Davie County. She graduated from Mocksville High School in 1937 and was married to her high school sweetheart, Thomas Alvin Rice Jr. in 1939. She was an original and faithful member of North Main Street Church of Christ in Mocksville and was their oldest living member. In her earlier years, Mrs. Rice served as Postmaster of the Fork community until the Post Office was closed by the U.S. Government in 1952. She retired from Davie County Hospital in 1986 after 29 years, beginning as head of housekeeping and ending her career as director of purchasing. After retirement, she devoted her life to caring for loved ones during their end of life illnesses. First, her father and then her husband. She continued always putting the comfort and needs of others above her own. Her family looked to her to plan events, and she was instrumental in organizing and hosting a “cousins reunion for the Carter family for 35 years, giving it up only when her health began to decline. She was an excellent seamstress and cook and will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.

She was also preceded in death by: her husband, Thomas A. Rice Jr.; her siblings, J.N. Richardson Jr., Everette A. Richardson, Irene Hege and Lillian Tallent; a son-in-law, Sam Walker; and a grandson, Lloyd Rice Martin.

Survivors: her daughters, Carmen Walker of Advance and Gloria Gaye Martin (Eddie) of Winchester, Tenn.; a sister-in-law, Mildred Bean of Mocksville; 3 grandchildren, Nathan Walker (Lynette) and Jodi Walker (fiancé, Ron Wood) all of Advance and Tracy Martin (Candy) of Maryville, Tenn.; 6 great-grandchildren, Stephanie Walker, Justin Walker, Nikki Martin, Johnathan Corey Martin (Cassie), Dori Headrick (Bo) and Drake Martin; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Tennyson, Nehemiah, Gracelyn and Waylon; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7 at Jericho Church of Christ Cemetery with Matt Langfield officiating. No formal visitation will be held due to Covid-19. Friends may pay their respects to Mrs. Rice beginning Thursday, Nov 5 at 11 a.m. during normal business hours until 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials: Carolina Bible Camp, PO Box 1234, Mocksville; or to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, 27103.