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Mr Opal Fay Rice

August 22, 1936 ~ November 20, 2017 (age 81)

Opal Fay Rice, 81, of Dardanelle, AR, died Monday, November 20, 2017 at
Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home in Russellville, AR. The son of Opal and Chloe Evelyn Wheeler Rice, he was born August 22, 1936 in Rover, AR. He was a graduate of Rover-Plainview High School. He married Mary Evelyn Hodges, on February 1, 1958 at Dardanelle. Opal was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and he was a self-employed business owner for 50 years in which he perfected his craftwork. He was a member of the Yell County Mounted Patrol. He was a man of faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Doris Rice and Brenda Chambers; two brothers, Jimmy Rice and Alvin Rice.

Opal is survived by his wife Mary Rice of Dardanelle; a daughter Melinda Turnbull (Perry) of Philadelphia, PA; four grandchildren P.J. Turnbull (Dawn) of Clermont, FL; Lindsey Townsend (Ben) of Marion, AR; Whitney Leavitt (Kyle) of Gilbert, AZ; McKenzie Turnbull (Alexis) Philadelphia, PA; eight great grandchildren, Indi and Iris Leavitt of Gilbert, AZ; Maxwell, Kate and Henry Turnbull of Clermont, FL; Gabriel and Naomi Townsend of Marion, AR; and Braelyn Turnbull of Philadelphia, PA; three brothers, Charles Rice (Karen) of Danville, AR; Kenneth Lee Rice of Fort Meyers, FL; Clayton Rice of Perryville, AR and other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Danville. President Robert Hall and Perry Turnbull will officiate. Burial will be at Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle by Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Friday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice River
Valley Home,220 John Babish Lane, Russellville, AR 72801. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at

Cemetery Details

Brearley Cemetery

Dardanelle, AR,


NOV 24. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Humphrey Funeral Service, Inc.

2801 West Main St.


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