Ernestine Lucille Call Rice Coovert

Published 9:24 am Thursday, July 13, 2023

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Ernestine Lucille Call Rice Coovert, 94, of Donalsonville, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2023.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2023, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Scarborough officiating. Interment will follow at Spring Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at Memorial donations may be made to: Spring Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Wayne Shepard, 8030 Northwood Drive, Donalsonville, GA 39845 or Seminole County War Path on Cancer, PO Box 205, Donalsonville, GA 39845.

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Ernestine Lucille Call was born October 4, 1928, in Hurricane, W.V., the daughter of Pearl & May Wallace Call. In 1981, she moved to Southwest Georgia where she devoted over forty years to caring for patients at Seminole Manor. Ernestine was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church. 

Ernestine’s nature was to nurture so caregiving was a perfect fit. She loved every moment of her job, and often felt like “kin” to her patients. Supporting her family, which included more than a few, was icing on the cake. Cooking and cleaning were never a chore but usually a joy, evidence of her love language which was serving others. Nothing suited Ernestine better than having everyone, especially her grands & greats, gather at her house. Christmas was her favorite time of the year, and she made it known with an abundance of decorations filling the neighborhood with a festive spirit.

Survivors include her children, Janet Lou Meadows of Lake Seminole and Otis Leo Rice of W.V.; her grandchildren, Mary, Roy Lee & Heather, David, Martha, TD & Melissa, Jeremy & Heidi, and Kimberly & Robert; her great-grandchildren, Sawyer & Madison, Alex & Maddie, Abigail & Hunter, Savanna, TD, Jr., Sherman, Matthew, Shelby Lynn, Eden, Ethan, Courtney, Emily, Tristan, Harlee, and Cody; her great-great-grandchildren, Westlyn Grace, Dustin, Noelan, and Lane; and her sister, Launa Davis. In addition to her parents, Ernestine was preceded in death by her husbands, Junior Leo Rice and Dan Coovert; her son-in-law, Roy Meadows; her grandson-in-law, Lemuel Ross; and her eight sisters and three brothers.

Bryant Funeral Home, located at 105 N. Florida Street, is assisting the family with arrangements. (229-246-3321)