2021ObituariesBilly Frank Rice

March 29, 2021by SealeUser8
Rice, Billy

August 5, 1934 ~ March 27, 2021

Billy Frank Rice, 86, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021 at his home in Greensburg, LA. He loved his community and was a long time resident of Denham Springs. Bill served and defended his country in the United States Air Force. He met his soulmate Loretta on a blind date that lasted 66 years. Bill was a locally and nationally recognized wildlife artist and wood sculpturer. His artwork is displayed in many of the local businesses and homes. In addition to his art, he also worked for many years as a millwright and as a taxidermist. Bill loved his Lord and served him daily and raised his family faithfully in the Lord. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend and will be missed by all who’s lives he touched. Visitation will be held at Amite Baptist Church, Denham Springs, Wednesday, March 31, from 10 a.m. until service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Amite Baptist Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Loretta Richard Rice; daughters, Diana Bobrycki and husband, Mark, Billie Hayman Miller and husband, Rickey, and Aline Wyles and husband, David; grandchildren, Billy, Derek, Caleb, Brandon, Jarrett, Rachael, Jessica, Virginia, Olivia, Julie, and Miranda; 24 great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy Louise Rice; parents, Odie and Minnie Sullivan Rice; brother, Keith; sisters, Louise and June; and infant sister, Betty Ruth. Please share your condolences at www.sealefuneral.com.

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8 comments

  • Normandy Hood

    April 28, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Bill. I have known Mr. Bill and Ms. Loretta for many years. We use to live next door to them on John Lanier Road and my brothers and I spent many hours at their house. We have so many memories with them and their family. I am sending my thoughts and a hug to you Ms. Loretta and the girls.

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  • Brenda Edwards

    March 30, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    We are saddened to hear of this passing, but know heaven has gained an angel. He brightened all our days when around. That smile will never be forgotten. With love,
    Barbara and D.C. Ballard and Brenda and Jimmy Edwards

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  • Debbie Wascom Ridenour

    March 30, 2021 at 3:08 am

    I send to this dear family my sincere deepest condolences. He was truly a legend in his own time. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers❤️🙏🏻❤️

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  • Ramona Howze

    March 30, 2021 at 2:20 am

    Our family was fortunate enough to be neighbors with Mr Bill and Loretta for over 20 years and loved them more than anyone would know we have missed them so much since they moved but I’m grateful to have know this fine man and own his beautiful art work we know he will be missed but also know he is gone to be with our Lord Jesus Christ Be still and know Mrs.Loretta

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  • Jeanne Smolkin

    March 30, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Dear Diana and Mark,
    Our heartfelt condolences at the recent passing have your daddy. It was such an exceptional man, so talented, kind and thoughtful. You, Loretta and the entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jeanne and Stuart

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  • Carolyn Hughes

    March 29, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    I left Denham Springs and Amite Baptist Church July 1979. Moved with my 2 young children to start a new
    life in Franklinton. Over the years my memories of all the wonderful people at Amite Baptist flood my mind. The couple who I thought would never grow old was Bill and Loretta Rice. Their beautiful daughters
    and the one grandson they had at the time, just a beautiful family. Mr Bill was so talented and a good man, married to the most beautiful woman. I enjoyed when Loretta came to Bob Ash’s beauty salon, where I was working back then and learned her beauty was inside as well. Loretta, and family, I grieve your loss, but rest
    assured we will be in Heaven with Mr Bill one day. Memories of your family remind me of the good times.

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  • Jeanne Smolkin

    March 29, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Dear Diana and Mark,
    Our heartfelt condolences at the passing of your daddy. He truly was such an exceptional man – So talented, kind and loving.
    He’s in our thoughts and prayers, as are you, Loretta and the rest of the family.
    Jeanne and Stuart

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  • Ed and Brenda Aveeette

    March 29, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Oh our hearts are broken as we read the beautiful obituary and the wonderful memories he had made with so many In his life on this earth! Makes me treasure our good times together more than ever! Ed is really sad over losing his best bud ever!! It is also sad and eating our hearts out knowing that we cannot join you all Weds to celebrate his faithful life of Christianity while on this earth. We will be with you Loretta and “Bill’s Girls” as he most often fondly spoke of. Love and prayers to you all!

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