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Originally published: 2013-08-16 10:20:45
Last modified: 2013-08-16 10:21:29

Rodney Evan Trice

Rodney Evan Trice, 58, of Newland, peacefully passed from earthly life and joyfully entered into eternity with his Lord on Wednesday evening, Aug. 14, 2013, at his home on Squirrel Creek.

Born Oct. 10, 1954, Trice was a life-long resident of Avery County. Here, he and his many friends, fished, hunted, camped, tramped through the woods looking for ginseng or a tree to peel---always making the most of the great outdoors of his home. A true “home-body,” and “mountain man,” Trice would reluctantly go away for only a few days at a time, always eager to return to the mountains and the home he loved in Avery County.
Trice leaves his extraordinary wife, ReJeanna, who was by his side through every step of his journey through cancer, not only as his loving wife and best friend, but also as his most thoughtful and tender nurse. She alone knows how much fun these two had in all their years together and will always be comforted by those sweet memories.
His pride and joy, his two sons, Evan and Jeremy, along with his daughter, Shannon, are left to carry on his legacy. Trice lived life to the fullest and lovingly cared for others along the way. No one will ever know all the gifts he freely gave others, expecting nothing in return. He passed away as the man he was always meant to be---a prayerful, testimony-sharing man of God. Knowing how he spent his days, the lessons he taught, and how he would have his children go forward with their own lives, will serve them as a worthy role model always.
Trice’s parents, Charles and Louise Trice, are eternally grateful to have been blessed with him as their son and with the knowledge that their love and support sustained him throughout his life. From childhood to his final days, he was always their pride and joy. Kathie Massee and Bill Trice, his sister and brother, are comforted by a lifetime of fond memories of all the fun they had growing up together in such a special family and of the deep friendship they shared as adults.
Trice’s large extended family of great-aunts; aunts; cousins; mother-in-law; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces (and their spouses) also includes five grandchildren, Kama, Zack, Eion, Marci and Blaine.
Trice is also survived by a host of loving friends who spent hour after hour with him during his illness laughing at the telling of tales of their many adventures together. He loved every minute of those visits; they made his day time after time.
He will be most missed by those whom he loved best---far too many to be mentioned by name here. You know who you are---have faith that you now have your own special angel watching over you and cheering you on in all you do until you join him in everlasting life.
As he said regularly and believed with all his heart, “It will be all right.”
Funeral services for Trice will be conducted 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Nance, the Rev. Daniel Nance and the Rev. Brent Price officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the service hour. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in the Fork Mountain Cemetery with Masonic Rites by the Linville Lodge AF & AM
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Hospice and Palliative Care of Mitchell County, 236 Hospital Dr., Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
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Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Trice family.

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18

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