Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for David Granville Rife


01/06/1943 - 09/13/2020


     David Granville Rife, age 77, beloved son, husband, daddy, grandpa, brother and uncle went peacefully into the arms of his heavenly Father on September 13, 2020.

     He leaves behind heartbroken family and friends from PA, VA, SC and NC. He was the son of the late Joseph Rife and Elizabeth Day Rife. He was preceded in death by his son, David Joseph Rife; two brothers, Earnest Rife and Joe Rife, Jr; one sister, Bernice Rife Ledbetter.

     David is survived by his loving wife, Rita Rogers Rife; his children, Vickey Rife Pritchett (Tony), Karen Rife and Janet Rife, Anthony Queen (Christie), Jennie Cook (Roy Jr.); brothers, Tony Rife (Dora), McGinnis Rife, Miles Rife (Kathy) and Lonnie Rife (Shirley); sisters, Ellie Cooper, Anita Rife, Doris Ruscio (Al) and Dinah Rife; grandchildren, Ashley Martinez, Johnny Lane, Michael Rife, Dana Edmonson, Austin Springs, Raven Rife-McGill, Stephen Richardson, Rylee Cook, Kitana Queen, Anna Queen, Aaron Queen and AJ Queen; seven great-granddaughters who are survived by their grandmother and great-grandmother, Beulah Mae Rife of SC; and many nieces and nephews.

     A memorial service will be held at 1 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Rev. Josh Dills will officiate.

     The family will receive friends from 11 am to 1 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home.

     Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


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