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1015 W Wolfe St.
P.O. Box 543
Grand Saline, TX 75140
Phone: 903-962-3333
Fax: 903-962-3651
Bill Rife

Bill Rife

Friday, October 29th, 1937 - Monday, February 25th, 2019
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Billy Don Rife, 81, of Fruitvale, passed away, February 25, 2019, in Tyler. He was born October 29, 1937, in Young County to John William & Ruby Joplin Rife. He graduated from high school in Wright City, Oklahoma, in 1954. He owned/operated his construction company in Farmers Branch for 11 years and then moved to the Grand Saline/Fruitvale area in 1972. He restored old historic buildings and upon retirement from construction, worked for Midcontinental. Bill attended the Fruitvale Church of Christ when he and his wife Donna were able. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed, fishing, hunting, and raising horses and cows. He especially enjoyed sitting on his porch watching the kids play in the yard. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cindy Rife Howell in 1999; two brothers, Kenneth Rife and George Rife; and two sisters, Doris Rife and Phyllis McNeely.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Donna Lackey Rife of Fruitvale; two sons, Kendall Rife and James Rife, both of Fruitvale; three brothers, Clifton Rife of Windthorst, Kim Rife of Jermyn, and Carl Rife of Graham; five grandchildren, Dennie Thurman Howell III, Jacob Daniel Howell, John William Howell, Andy Lee Rife and Keri Ethel Rife; seven great-grandchildren, Keyonnie Barnes, Kayden Clemons, Kylie Bailey, Serenity Howell, Jacob Daniel Howell Jr., Teagan Howell and Timber Howell; and numerous other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Bartley Funeral Home in Grand Saline.
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    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Bartley Funeral Home
    1015 West Wolfe
    GRAND SALINE, TX 75140
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Christy Lackey

Posted at 11:01pm
Uncle Bill, you will be truly missed but I know you are resting in heaven now and we will meet again. Now you can walk through them green pastures like you wanted to. My heart and prayers are with you Aunt Donna, Kendall, James and all the family. May God comfort and bless you with peace in your hearts.. Love to all of you..

Diana Herring, niece

Posted at 10:53pm
Aunt Donna, cousins Kendall & James, extended family,
My heart breaks for you all in losing sweet hearted uncle Bill. 💔 So thankful we had time to visit awhile back & made another short time memory as family. ❤️ Hugs & love to you all. Fly with the angels now Bill until we meet again. 🕊


Posted at 05:03pm
My condolences to the Rife family during this difficult time. In the Bible, Jehovah God gives us hope. Acts 24:15 says, “there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” Revelation 21:4 says, “and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more.” Very soon we will see the fulfillment of these promises here on Earth. We hope you find comfort in God’s promises.

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