William Edwin “Eddie” Rife, age 62 of Hurley, Virginia, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023, at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tennessee.
Born December 21, 1960, in Grundy, Virginia, he was the son of Florence Spurlock Rife Denton of Florida and the late Amos Edwin Rife.
Eddie worked in the coal industry his entire career. He drove and worked on coal trucks, worked in the coal mines, and was a superintendent of a coal prep plant at the last of his work career. He loved spending time with his grandson, Bentley Rife and family, fishing, and working outside. He loved watching football and keeping up with college football. He could fix or figure out about anything and loved helping people. He was a member of the Blackey Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his father, Amos Edwin Rife and his grandparents.
SURVIVORS INCLUDE: in addition to his mother, Florence
Teresa Griffey Rife of Hurley, Virginia
Charles Robert “Robbie” Rife and wife Shanice of Hurley, Virginia
Becky Sheridan and husband Rick of Florida
Dottie Cook and husband Ronnie of Hurley, Virginia
Barbara Bedsaul and husband Ray of Galax, Virginia
Linda Rife of Christiansburg, Virginia
David Rife and wife Rosalee of Florida
He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with Eddie’s wishes, his body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 7:00 P.M. at the Virginia Funeral Home Chapel, Grundy, Virginia, with Rusty Owens officiating.
Virginia Funeral Home of Grundy, Virginia, is honored to serve the family of William “Eddie” Edwin Rife.