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Diane Banther Rice


June 20, 2019

Diane Banther Rice, 61, of Brevard, passed away June 3, 2019.

She was the daughter of Curtis Banther and the late Lola Gravley of Brevard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ricky Rice, and one brother, Ronald Banther.

She 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 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 at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Forge Valley Event Center, 8818 Boylston Highway, in Mills River. This will be a drop-in, so come by and share your story of Diane’s great life.

In lieu of flowers, bring any donations to the celebration. The family will be making a donation to the Special Olympics of Transylvania County in honor of Diane, for her love for people and sports.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, 181 S. Caldwell St. in Brevard, is caring for the family.


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