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Parham Melvin Rice

Mr. Parham Melvin Rice of Halifax County died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Duke Regional Hospital. He was born in Halifax County on Sept. 14, 1925 and was 88 years of age. He was the son of the late Guy William Rice and Annie Belle Wesley Rice and was married to the late Dallas Lloyd Rice.

Mr. Rice was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Halifax congregation. He was a home construction contractor who retired to Florida in 1980.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Rice and wife Beverly of Nathalie, Steve Rice and wife Nancy of Louisburg, N.C. and Ronald Blaine Rice of Lakeland, Fla.; one daughter, Marlyn Pool and husband Fred of Cluster Springs; one sister, Virginia Rice of South Boston; two brothers, Raymond David Rice of Conway, S.C. and Rayford Rice of Ocala, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and other times at the home of his daughter, Marlyn and Fred Pool, 1234 Paradise Road, Alton.

A memorial service will be held at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Elder Michael Smith officiating.

For memorials consider Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 2155 Love Shop Road, Halifax, VA 24558.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.