Juanita McKee Grice, 94, of San Diego, California, formerly of Wilmot, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in San Diego.
The fifth of nine children, Mrs. Grice was born February 18, 1924 in Wilmot to Earl and Dolly McKee. She was a 1942 graduate of Wilmot High School, where she was an outstanding basketball player. She married her husband of 42 years, James Grice, on October 10, 1945.
Mrs. Grice worked at the Pine Bluff Arsenal during World War II and she sang on the radio in Monroe, Louisiana with a gospel quartet. She was an active member of the Wilmot Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, served as chairman of the Women’s Missionary Society, and taught both children’s and women’s Sunday school. She was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be missed.
Mrs. Grice was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Grice in 1987; her parents, Earl and Dolly Rogers McKee; four brothers, Elzie Risinger, Louis McKee, Buey McKee, and Wayne McKee, and three sisters, Minnie Blocker, Sally Galler, and Nellie May.
She is survived by, a son, Jim Grice of Pottsboro, Texas; two daughters, Judy Gray of San Diego, California and Kathy Green of Granbury, Texas; a sister, Alma Bordeaux of Greenbrier; eight grandchildren, Jay Grice, Charles Gray III, Clay Snow, Michael Grice, Matthew Snow, LeeAnn Dohring, Crystal Shirreffs and Nicholas Grice, sixteen great grandchildren, Alex, Olivia and Miles Grice, Elvia Guevara, Chris Allen and Carlos Gray, Katie Evans, Sara, Megan, and William Snow, Tristan and Ashton Grice, Mayah, Bella and Keira Dohring, and Channing Grice; three great-great grandchildren Chandler, Drake and Liberty and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Wilmot Baptist Church with Bro. Phillip Bowles officiating. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Burial will be at the Wilmot Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jay Grice, Charles Gray III, Clay Snow, Michael Grice, Nicholas Grice, and Larry Holland.
Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease, PO Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg, Arkansas.