BURKETTVILLE — Sadly, we announce the passing of wife and mother Ferne Rice, who left us Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.

Ferne left behind her husband James Rice Sr.; four sons Jim Jr., David, Mike and Rezin; 10 grandchildren; three daughters-in-laws and brother Brad Maddock; sister-in-law Judy Maddock as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Ferne was born Dec. 13, 1942, and grew up in the hills of Burkettville. She graduated from Appleton High School in 1961.

After high school, Ferne tried her hand in the study of business and nursing, which eventually led her into a career of nursing and real estate sales.

During the 70s, Ferne and Jim took ownership of Mountain View Orchards Farm Store, now known as Fresh Off The Farm Store, where they were amongst the first in the area to introduce vitamin and organic food sales.

Ferne lived a wonderful life as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where she loved teaching people about the Bible and Jehovah God. She also enjoyed her grandchildren very much.

She will be sorely missed by her loving family.