James E. Brice Sr. 03/11/2012

James E. Brice Sr., 93, of Old DeKalb, died, Sunday, March 11, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family and his caregiver Martha Typhair. Calling hours will be Wednesday, March 14th , 10 am – 12 PM at the DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church, the funeral service will follow at 12PM, Reverend William Hart and Chaplin Rob Schrimer will be officiating. He will be buried in the Old DeKalb Cemetery. Jim is survived by his son, James E. Brice Jr. (Debra), DeKalb Junction, Marsha (Floyd) Koerner, of Barker, Carol (Michael) Fenlong, Helen Woods, and Cynthia Morrow, all of DeKalb Junction, Jane (Michael) Costello, Richmond, VA, Emily (Thomas) Grant, Lisbon, Jeanette (Thomas) Brock, Jordan, Marilyn (Michael) Peabody, Hermon, 24 grandchildren, several great and step grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Eugene, and Andrew Brice, a sister Harriet Shimpeno . Jim was born November 12, 1918 in his family home on the Brice Road, until he moved to his current home in 1982, the son of William and Sarah Rowland Brice. He graduated from DeKalb Junction High School and the Hemphill Diesel Engineering School in NYC. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Rice on October 12, 1941, at the Norfolk Methodist Parsonage by Reverend Frank Brown, she died on August 10, 2004. He was a self employed dairy farmer until his retirement in 1982, he was also the Town of DeKalb Supervisor and Tax Assessor. He was a member of the Old DeKalb Methodist Church, Old DeKalb Grange, DeKalb Hermon Senior Citizen Club, Richville Masonic Lodge for 70 years, NYS Farm Bureau, a former member of the Hermon DeKalb Central School Board of Education. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or the Old DeKalb Methodist Church, DeKalb Junction, New York 13630.

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  1. To Jim’s family: I am a 2nd cousin of Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s father and my Grandpa Rice (Edwin) were brothers. My mother was Florence Rice Hall (Sonny (Erwin) and Mary are my older siblings.
    I always found Jim to be friendly and pleasant to visit with, as was Elizabeth. They seemed to be such a happy couple and now he is with her again, at last forever. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and am sure you have many happy memories that you will always cherish. It is my understanding that you were very supportive of Jim, as well as Elizabeth, and you can be thankful that you were such an important presence in their lives. God bless all of you!

  2. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the entire Brice family….You are all in my thoughts and prayers!! hugs to you all!!

  3. Ron & I are so sorry for your loss. I have a lot of great memories of times spent at the Brice farm with Marilyn and Cindy. Your dad was a wonderful man.

  4. Helen and Family: I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He was such a nice man. He is at peace now. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all in your time of sorrow!

  5. Bill and I send our sympathy to entire Brice family–Jim and Betty raised such a great family-I graduated with Carol–many happy memories–a special hug and kiss to Sheila-since she was little girl have kind of claimed her as my daughter-she has great Mom and Dad–I’m more than happy to be second–Love you Sheila-wish I could be there with you- Love Gena and Bill

  6. Steve & Joy Hamilton and family sends there deepest sympathy to the Brice family. Jim was a great man and loved by many. We are sending all our love at this time of need. May our thoughts and prayers be with you at this time.

  7. Jimmy… Please accept my heartfelt condolences… for you and your family… during this difficult time. My heart and thoughts go out to you.

    My personal belief is… As long as you keep your loved one in your heart and the memory of them…they will never die.

    Peace…Prayers… and Blessings to you and your family.
    I am here… should you need a shoulder and/or a hug.

  8. i will miss my grandfather James E Brice i wanna say thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers im really gonna miss him sooooo much i loved him and thoughts of him prayers for him debbie robinson i will see you at the funeral on wed please come thanx alan peabody please call me at 394 6008 try make me happy i love you all

  9. Dearest Marsha and family,

    I am so very sorry to learn of your fathers passing. I tried to get time off to be at services,but could not. At least I can express my thoughts to you all. I liked and respected your parents even though I didn’t know them especially well. I will always remember the kindness they showed me the numerous times I spent on the farm. Marsha, you and your parents and the whole family were there for me at a difficult time in my life. I have fond memories of being on the farm. God Bless. Ginny

  10. Helen and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I can remember going to the farm one day for lunch. Your Mom and Dad sat us all down around the table just like we were family. It was a very warm feeling. May happy memories help ease your loss.

    Sincerly, Sharon

  11. Dearest Marsha and all of the Brice Family:

    Please accept our sincerest sympathy for your loss of James.

    Take solice in the fact that James is now at the foot of the Great Architect of the Universe, enjoying the wages of his labors.

  12. Dear All of the Brices and extended famlies,
    We were saddened to learn of the great loss of the head of your families. I had the pleasure of growing up and interacting with Jim, Betty and all of the original family. I spent numerous times at the farm as your mom taught me many things about music since she was my piano player as I sang through the years. Jim would just smile and say, “Don’t worry about it” when I asked if I was taking too much of Betty’s time as she accompanied me around the state. When I was about 20 she asked if I ever thought about getting a guitar, because she was getting a little busy with all the kids that kept coming. I did and my grandkids sing with me still. I’m sure many of you still carry on the musical tradition.
    Jim was one of the nicest people I ever knew. He always had a smile, handshake or pat on the back for those he met. We always saw him at sporting events, grange suppers and meetings, town meetings and church suppers. He also spent time helping improve Hermon-Dekalb school as a board member. He loved the people around him and the area he lived in, but most of all he loved his family. Jim and Betty now have some time to prepare that great church supper and grange buffet for the rest of us.
    We’re sorry we can’t be with you, but our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our love to all!

  13. To all my cousins and family. We will all miss Uncle Jim!!! He was a sweetheart and a blessing to us all!! I picture Uncle Jim and my dad in heaven having an ice cream party (butter pecan for sure).
    We love you all and you are in our prayers. May you feel the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ during this emotional time.
    Our love, Beverly, Sean, Sarah and Kaitlin Crowley

  14. Dear Brice family,
    Sending my condolences to all of you. Uncle Jim was such a wonderful husband, father and friend. He will really be missed but now he is with his siblings probably enjoying a hayride around heaven. He reminded me so much of my dad. Men of few words and the kindest hearts I ever known. There is not a day that goes by that i don’t think of my dad so the memories you will also have for a lifetime. What a comfort that is. Love and miss you all. Wish we lived closer together.
    Barb Brice Stancliff, Bob, Nikki, Brooke, Landon, Bella and Corban.

  15. Dear Cindy: So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing and sorry to be writing this so late.

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