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Russell “Rusty” Philip Brice



Russell “Rusty” Philip Brice, 64,  passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 surrounded by his family.
Rusty was born Feb. 27, 1952 in Tabor City to James A. Brice Sr. and Ruth Norris Brice. He was also preceded in death by, in addition to  his parents, one son, Wesley Cullen Brice; his nephew, Caleb Joshua Brice; and a brother-in-law, Larry Lee Bulluck.
Growing up, Rusty was very active in both church and school. In high school he was elected class president three years in a row. He participated in sports year-round and was quarterback for the Tabor City Red Devils under the well-known North Carolina coach Jack Holly. Later in life, Rusty continued his love for football by becoming a high school referee for more than 20 years. He attended East Carolina University and from there attended Pitt Technical Institute where he graduated with a degree in Waste Water Management.
Rusty was passionate about environmental conservation and natural resources management. He worked for the City of Wilson for 25 years as Superintendent of the Water Reclamation Department. During his tenure, he received the prestigious Water Environment Federation William D. Hattfield award. He also taught Water Reclamation classes at Wilson Community College.
Rusty was loved by all who met him and had a deep love for his family and friends. Those who knew him well knew he was an enthusiast of all things music. He was also affectionately called “Daniel Boone” by his family because of his affinity for the outdoors.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson. Dr. James A. Brice will be officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Wilson. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 at Joyners’ Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Rusty is survived by his wife, Connie Bulluck Brice; his son, James Cullen Brice of Raleigh; his daughter, Ashley Lauren Brice of Raleigh; two brothers, Dr. James A. Brice Jr. and his wife, Tava, of Fayetteville, Jeffrey Lynn Brice and his wife, Darlene, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one sister, Gayle Brice Cox and her husband, William, of Little River, S.C.; father-in-law, Robert H. “Sunnie” Bulluck of Elm City; sister-in-law, Brenda Bulluck Briley and her husband, George, of Rocky Mount; brother-in-law, Bob Bulluck and his wife, Sandy, of Wilson; many nieces and nephews whom he adored, and special friends, Russ and Becky Brice Womble of Raleigh.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Brain Support Network at, P.O. Box 7264, Menlo Park, California 94026 or by phone at 650-814-0848 which helps families donate a loved ones brain for research as well as provides valuable research and educational tools on rare neurological diseases. When donating, please add: “In memory of Russell P. Brice.”
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