Howard “Gene” Bice, 72, of Ragland, left this walk of life to be present with his Lord and Savior on December 5, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents Ottis and Mary Bice; mother-in-law, Geneva Rich; one brother, Haskel Bice; three nephews, Johnny Crowe, Kenneth Crowe, and Robert Myers; and his best friend, Gerald Noah. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 48 years, Shirley Rich Bice, one daughter Marsha (Ross) Wise; two sons, Mark (Dana) Bice and Michael (Misty) Bice; two granddaughters, Dewi and K. D. Bice; five grandsons, Blake (Shea) Bice, Elijah Bice, Joshua, Samuel and Gabriel Wise; two great-grandsons, Onyx Kane and Willis Blake Bice; one very special cousin, Charles (Martha) Pate; two sisters Geneva Crowe and Jeanette Myers; nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Gene) Watson and Carolyn Gallups. Funeral will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at Usrey Funeral Home with burial in Providence Cemetery. Services will be officiated by Rev. Edwin Tally and special words by his daughter Marsha. The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 7, 2010, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Gene was retired from National Cement Company, Ragland, Alabama. He was a licensed Ham Radio operator with call letters KD4JQB. He was a veteran from the army and an inactive Deacon of P rovidence Baptist Church. Health problems prevented Gene from enjoying a lot of activities, but he was a loving husband, father and grandfather and always put his family first. He loved going to his river lot at Katie’s Kove in Ragland and watching Michael, Mark and his grandchildren fish and then fry the fish for a community cookout. He will be greatly missed and was dearly loved by all his family. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, along with Harve Campbell, Jr. and Jack Hansen. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Smith, James Nixon, Louis Wise, Keith Gann and Joe Black, whom he loved as a brother. Our thanks to Dr. Carl Frosina and Dr. William Harrison for their excellent care, support and compassion for our loved one over the past 20 years.
Published on  December 9, 2010