Name: Russell D. Rife
Birth: 14 JUN 1932 in Hurley, Buchanan Co., VA
Death: 10 MAR 2016 in Grundy, Buchanan Co., VA
Reference Number: 141205
2016, Grundy, Buchanan Co., VA, Obituary
Herald Courier (VA) - March 13, 2016
Russell D. "RD" Rife, age 83, of Grundy, VA. passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Buchanan General Hospital in Grundy, VA. RD was born June 14, 1932, in Hurley, VA. He was the son of the late Gordon Cloyd and Louise Justus Rife of Hurley.
RD was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County. He was a disabled coal miner, owner and operator, as well as owner/operator of Rife's Grocery, and previous Board Member of Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens. He was of the Christian faith, who loved singing, playing his guitar, and sharing the word of God. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, who loved him dearly.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 45 years, Linda Murphy Rife; his daughters, Rhonda Musser and husband, David of Abingdon, Va., Dannah Parks and husband, Chris of Abingdon, Va., and Kayla Rife of Johnson City, Tenn.; grandchildren, Justice and John Musser, and Ethan and Ella Parks; two sisters, Willie Jean Blankenship and husband, Cleve of Johnson City, TN, and Birchie Booton of Lavalette, WV, two half sisters, Otelia Dearfield of Matewan WV, and Frankie Lowella of CA; three half brothers, Jennings Rife of North, VA, Ralph Rife, and Wendell Rife of Matewan WV, and several nieces, nephews, and extended families.
He was preceded in death by his late parents, two sisters, Gertrude Miller, and Jessie Shuff; two brothers, Robert Rife, and Ervin Rife Jr., and several half brothers and sisters.
The funeral service will be held Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2 p.m. at the Virginia Funeral Home, with entombment to follow at the Greenhills Memory Garden in Claypool Hill, Virginia. Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Blankenship, Carl Lee, Ira Lee, Andel Hurley, Jerry Clevinger, BJ Justus, and son in laws, David Musser, and Chris Parks. Honorary pallbearers will be Leslie K. Horne, faculty and staff of Grundy High School, Buchanan County Career and Technology Center, Dr. Jonathan Swank, Dr. David Beckner, Dr. David Smith, Catrina Ratliff FNP, Jennifer Taylor FNP, Friendship Home Medical, Bill Adkins, Brad Calhoun, Robert Giley, Ralph Farris, Tommy Lee, Donnie and Chase Lee, Butch Justus, Clarence Whited, JD Chaney, Wilson Allen, Leck Chaney, Paul Chaney, Bobby Sullivan, and Norman Stump.
From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com
Father: Gordon Cloyd Rife
Mother: Louise Justus