She was born July 3, 1959 in Harlan Co. to the late Lola Mae Rice Fee. In heaven she will join her mother, 3 grandchildren, and a treasured papaw, Eugene Rice and grandmother, Flaura Jane Daniels Rice. Tammy was a dedicated member of the Faith Holiness Church of Smith with Pastor Spencer Burkhart and attended Cawood Holiness Church with Pastor Jerry Collins.
Tammy leaves behind her family whom she loved very much, her beloved son, James Dale Keith of Harlan, and beloved daughter, Lola (Damon) Williams of Cranks. Very special grandson, Johnny Nathanael of Cranks and very special granddaughter, Lucy Gail of Cranks. Tammy will be forever remembered by her siblings, a brother, Michael Helton of Harlan; 4 sisters, Betty (Charles) Keith of Cumberland, Audrey (Carl Ray) Craig of Pansy, Vina (Wayne) Brock of Gulston, and Debbie (Terry) Blevins of Harlan. She leaves 3 nieces who loved her deeply as she did them, Bethany (Johnny) Cook of Knoxville, TN, Ashley Lively of Lexington, and Summer Lively of Pansy. One loving nephew, Shae (Amber) Keith of Cumberland; 1 great niece, Ella Rae Cook of Knoxville, TN. Her Uncle Jerry Rice and aunt Brenda Craig also survive her along with 2 special sister-in-laws, Regina Tussey and Cindy Keith. She also leaves behind 4 special friends, Kathy Moore, Shirley Trammell, Barb Saylor, and Beulah Burkhart. She leaves a host of brother and sisters in Christ who played a very important role in her life.
In earlier years, Tammy moved to Sierra Vista, AZ and spent time there raising her family. Opportunity then allowed her to relocate her family to Amarillo, TX where she opened her first business, Voyagers Recording Studio. Later Tammy made the decision alone to bring her family back home to Harlan Co. and it was here that she returned to the God of her Mother. She then obtained her CNA certificate. She spent her last day’s active in her second business, Tammy Rice Photography. She loved hiking and being outdoors with her children and grandchildren. She spent countless hours working with her hands creating beautiful flower gardens in “God’s Coloring Book”. It can be truthfully said; Tammy touched the lives of many people with her prayers and encouraging words. In an effort to reach people where they are, she started, “The Hand of Refuge” Ministry. Later taking inspiration form her Mother she devoted much of her time working in the Jail Ministry and with the legal system providing after care for troubled women.
Tammy loved attending Church services having a great desire for praying for the sick and was there when the doors opened where she worshiped the Lord in song, playing her tambourine, piano or guitar. It was her amazing faith in God that allowed her to overcome the challenges of life in spite of sickness. We are blessed to have known her and will miss her greatly; her testimony will speak for her now.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 until 9:00 pm at the Cornerstone Community Church, Baxter.
Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Saturday June 2, 2012 at the church with Rev. Spencer Burkhart, Rev. Robert Smith, and Rev. Jerry Collins officiating. Special words will be by Bro. Jerry Brock.
Burial will follow in the Day-Jackson Cemetery at Cranks Creek. Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers.
Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Tammy Gail Rice.