Graham William “Ray” Rice was born Aug. 11, 1950 in Halifax County to Johnny William Rice and the late Julia Welcher Rice.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Judy Burch Rice; daughters Tammie Taylor and Carolyn Ridge (Jonathan White); son Tommie Rice (Melinda); grandchildren Megan Thurman (Dale), Amanda Van-Winkle (Jesse), Taylor Faith Ridge, Kayla Carol Rice, Brian Austin Ridge, Caleb White, and Micah White; great-grandchildren Blaine Thomas Byrd and Ayda McKenna Perry; sister, Judy Meeler (Gilmer), Renay Wilborn (Junior) and Paula Stone (Tim).

Ray was retired from the city of Burlington as director of inspections.

Outside of his work hours, he enjoyed flying, boating and traveling was past president of NC Mechanical Inspectors Association, advisor for NC Plumbing Inspections Associations, advisor to Alamance Community College Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanical Department and board member of Code Officials Qualifications Board of NC DOI.

A service to celebrate his life was held at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at 3 p.m.

The family received friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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