Linda Rice

Linda Diane Rice (Banther)

Saturday, May 31st, 1958 - Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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Diane Banther Rice, age 61 of Brevard, passed away June 3, 2019.
She was the daughter of Curtis Banther and the late Lola Gravley of Brevard. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ricky Rice, and one brother, Ronald Banther.
Diane was a loving and dedicated daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, great aunt, grandmother and friend. She will be missed terribly.
Survivors include her father, Curtis Banther and wife Marilyn of Brevard, two children, Kyle Rice and his wife Rose of Mills River and Kayla Rice and fiancé Josh Gosnell of Brevard, one brother, Gary Banther and wife Kim of Lake Toxaway, one grandson, Hayden Byrd and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held 3pm, Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Forge Valley Event Center, 8818 Boylston Hwy, Mills River, NC 28759. This will be a drop in so, please come by and share your story of Diane’s great life.
In lieu of flowers please bring any donations to the celebration of life. The family will be making a donation to the Special Olympics of Transylvania County in honor of our beloved Diane, for her love for people and sports.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, 181 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, NC 28712.
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    Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 3:00pm
    Forge Valley Event Center
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Margaret Vail

Posted at 08:16am
I am sorry for your loss. God is close to the brokenhearted. He will resurrect our love ones.

Diana Nix Francis

Posted at 01:34pm
My heart is broken over losing such a precious person. We met in junior high, played sports together, and she and Ricky would drag me out on that dance floor with them, just us three, whenever they could! Gosh did we have fun! I was blessed to have known her, and her husband with whom she now dances with again. See you on the better side my lady. My prayers and hugs are with the family.

Jenny E. McGaha

Posted at 06:47pm
I remember Diane from Brevard High School. She graduated with my daughter, Lois. She and her family stayed at the Holiday Inn Express when Diane worked there. She was guardian of a handicapped child who was in a wheel chair. Diane would always ask about Cody when she worked at the Dollar Tree. May God's comfort sustain you in the coming days. Jenny E. McGaha


Posted at 12:15pm
Auntie Diane,
She was my godmother but growing up we always called her Auntie Diane. She was the fun Aunt that we loved to see come over. Even as an adult she would come by work and hug me and ask about the kids or tell me to give them a hug. Taken way to young but know she is with Ricky now and Happy. Will miss her more then words can say.
Heather Renee Fisher Barton

Anna Nelson

Posted at 02:40pm
My Bannie is gone. She is with the love of her life, Ricky. Though she left way to young, she will always be remembered for her laughter and sense of humor. I loved her and will always cherish our friendship. Buddy this Di, BUDDY THIS. I am so saddened by this news.

Ellen Whitesel Posted at 11:09pm

I worked with Diane at Rice Furniture. Tom and I have Kyle and Kayla and their families in our prayers. Ellen Whitesel

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