Hiawatha "Joe" Rice of Crawley, WV, passed away on the morning of Monday, November 19, 2018, as the sun rose on opening day of deer season.
Born in Covington, VA, on December 15, 1934, he was the youngest son of William Lee and Nellie Rea Rice.
Joe was an outstanding baseball and softball player, proud U.S. Army veteran, retired coal miner, farmer, and lover of the woods and water. Heaven for him was a good day in the woods or time on his boat, fishing pole in hand. He was a father figure to many of his children's friends and an adopted grandpa to Rebecca DeHaven (Michael) of Hedgesville, WV, and Caroline Thorne (Eric) of Troutville, VA.
Joe is survived by his feisty wife of 52 years, Lula; daughters, Patricia Bryant (Wesley) of Greenwood, IN, and Terri Reynolds (Mike) of Frankford, WV; his bud, much loved granddaughter, and the person who dubbed him Poppa Joe, Sydney Bryant, of Maxwelton, WV; brother, Darfow Rice of Covington; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brothers, Russell Lee Rice and Oliver Ray Rice.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hunters Helping the Hungry, WV Division of Natural Resources, 163 Wildlife Road, French Creek, WV 26218.
Take a child fishing, adopt an old dog, spend happy hours in the woods, or help someone down on their luck. And always say I love you to the people that mean the most to you. There is no better way to remember him.
"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."
~Winnie the Pooh
Send online condolences by visiting www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com.
Loving Funeral Home in Covington is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the November 27, 2018 edition of The West Virginia Daily News.