Reva Rice Allison

July 23, 1938 - August 21, 2011
Reva Rice Allison

Reva Rice Allison passed away Sunday, August 21, 2011 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter in Wilmington, NC. Her children were by her side. Reva was born on July 23, 1938 to the late Rev. Champ Rice Sr. and Sophie Norton in Madison Co. NC. She was also preceded in death by her son Michael Ramsey Rice of Mars Hill. Surviving are two sons, Robert Allison, Jr. of Dixon, KY and Jerry Osteen of Oak Island, NC; her daughter, Regina Osteen Lynn of Shallotte, NC; sisters Clara Ball and Evelyn Meadows, of Asheville, NC and four brothers, Donald Rice, Jeter Rice, Jack Rice and Champ Rice Jr. all of Mars Hill; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Reva was a gifted musician. She played the guitar, piano and accordion. Heart felt thanks
to her friends at the Mostly Bluegrass Society in Shallotte, NC for their love and support during the last days of her illness.
Sincere appreciation to Sherwood Manor Assisted Living for their love and care
and to the 10th floor staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC.

A private viewing will be held for family at 3 pm, Wednesday August 24, 2011 at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation. A graveside service will be held at 2 pm Thursday August 25, at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory 901 Aiken Rd. Asheville, NC with the Rev. David Watson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington,NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • August 24, 2011
    George & Mary Norton says:
    Our prayers and sympathy for your loss. We were friends of Reva's parents (Champ and Sophia) for many years. and acquainted with all the brothers and sisters of Reva. May God fill your emptiness with His presence.

  • August 25, 2011
    Glenna Butler says:
    Regina, I didn't know your mother personally but what I do know is the love & tenderness you showed to your mother these last years of her life. You took care of her in your home & when this got to be too much you took the time to find a place where she would be happy. You didn't just drop her off & leave but continued to provide love & support during the time she was in Assisted Living. To see this sincere show of love & compassion has touched me. In meeting your brother I see a tender heart & caring person that I have seen in you. I know God our Father is smiling on you & your brother. May He continue to guide you in these thoughtful ways. The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control. There is no law against these things. Gal. 5: 22&23

  • August 24, 2011
    Doris Taylor says:
    Dear Family, I was saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and your mother, Reva. Please accept my condolences for your loss. And know too, that many, many times, Reva shared her Christian beliefs with me over the years she lived here. We had many good talks and I will miss her too. Doris

  • August 24, 2011
    Durryl Taylor says:
    Dear Jerry, Joe and Regina and Family, Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. Reva not only possessed a sense of the joy of living but was also grounded deeply in her Christian values. She was a good friend and I will miss her. I regret not being able to attend her graveside services, but I will be out of town. Please let me know if I can do anything for you all. Durryl Taylor