“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
Our beloved Teresa, “Tee”, as she was affectionately known, had an uncanny ability to make everyone who crossed her path feel unconditionally loved. While her infectious smile and big personality will forever be with those left behind, Teresa “Tee” Rice Arrington took her rightful place in the arms of the Lord on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
There was a beautiful sunrise when Tee was born on September 28, 1958, in Halifax County, North Carolina. Tee carried that light with her, wherever she went, and brought comfort and joy to those around her. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, sister-in-law, cousin, employee, employer, entrepreneur, and perhaps her favorite thing to be, a loving friend. Teresa served the community as a beautician for many years, but it was her passion for cooking that brought her the greatest joy. Teresa’s latter years were spent fulfilling that passion, as she prepared thousands of meals for the many patrons that requested her catering services. Teresa did not cook for a living. She cooked for the loving. To her, a good meal brought people together. It stimulated conversation. It provoked fellowship. It helped heal the soul. That was Teresa. What a PHENOMENAL WOMAN!!!
Tee was the loving, caring, dutiful firstborn daughter of Lillie Pearl Tabron Rice and the late Jessie L. Rice, Sr. She was educated in the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District. She confessed her love for Christ and was baptized at an early age, becoming a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. As a youth, she served as an usher along with her sister, Faye. Later in life, she became a faithful member of the “Hospitality Committee”.
Teresa met and later married George Arrington, Sr., who preceded her in death. This union resulted in a loving family. Robert, Janice, and George, Jr. will forever cherish the memory of their beloved parents.
Tee leaves not to mourn, but to cherish loving and fond memories; her mother, Lillie Pearl Tabron Rice of the home; one daughter, Janice Harvey of Rocky Mount, NC; two sons, Robert Rice, Sr. (Felicia Adkins) of Emporia, VA, and George J. Arrington, Jr. of Renton, Washington; one sister, Jessie Faye Hockaday of Roanoke Rapids, NC; three brothers, Brian Rice (Denise) of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Jimmy L. Rice (Shantee’) of Halifax, NC, and Jessie L. Rice, Jr. (Lakeisha) of Clemmons, NC; one granddaughter, Rakeyla Rice; three grandsons, Corde’ Wade, Robert Rice, Jr., and Rashad Rice; a special uncle, Bennie “BT” Tabron; a special cousin, Princine Jefferies; a close friend, Shirley Adkins; along with a host of other close relatives and loving friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Dr. C. E. McCollum, will officiate, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home on Friday, August 24, 2018, from 12:00 Noon – 8:30 P.M., and the family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. A viewing will also be held at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.