Staff

Our Family Serving Your Family

Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Adam D. Roper, CFSP Owner, President, and Funeral Director adam@andersrice.com

Adam has always had a passion for serving those in need and has served many families in the profession of funeral service since 2001. He holds a funeral service license in North Carolina and formerly in Alabama. He is a graduate of the Funeral Service Education Department at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama. He also holds the distinction of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) as a graduate and member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

As the child of a military family, Adam lived on several Army bases during his childhood in Hawaii, Germany, and Alabama, however, most of his childhood was spent in Alabama. He attended and graduated from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Alabama, where he met his wife, the former Lesley Edwards. Together they have two daughters: Fern Elisabeth and Mabel Grace "Mae".

Adam joined the staff at Anders-Rice Funeral Home and Cremation Center in July 2013, and in September of 2022, he became the owner and president of Anders-Rice Funeral Home. In his free time, Adam enjoys camping, fishing, spending time outdoors, reading, and studying the bible. Adam and his family are members of Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church of Asheville, and they reside in the Leicester Community.

 

 

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Lesley Roper Owner, Bookkeeper, and Funeral Service Assistant Lesley@andersrice.com

Lesley Edwards Roper is the daughter of Bobby and Holli Floyd Edwards. She graduated from Jacksonville High School and Jacksonville State University where she majored in Accounting. She assists on services, cares for the staff, and is the bookkeeper for the funeral home.

Lesley is primarly a homemaker, raising her and Adam's two daughters, Fern and Mabel "Mae" as well as homeschooling them.

Lesley enjoys reading, studying the bible, camping, cooking, and chickens.

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James T. "Tommy" Rice, Jr. Funeral Director tommy@andersrice.com

Tommy is a lifelong resident of West Asheville. He is a 1974 graduate of Asheville High School, a graduate of Asheville-Buncombe Technical College where he received his Associates Degree in Accounting, a graduate of Mars Hill College receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a 1979 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA.

A third generation Funeral Director, he started in our Funeral Profession at the age of 10. Tommy is our former President/Treasurer and former General Manager and is the son of the late James T. "J.T." Rice, Sr. and Doris Miller Rice.

He has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1976, a licensed Embalmer since 1979 and holds his N.C. Life Insurance License.

Tommy was an active member of the Asheville-West Rotary Club where he had served as President and on numerous committees and is a member of the Paul Harris Society. He is involved in many community services and helps serve as a volunteer for many of the non-profit associations.

His hobbies include traveling, reading, hiking, motorcycle riding and boating at Lake Lure.

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Bryan Whitson Funeral Director, Chief Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator bryan@andersrice.com

Bryan was born and raised in Mitchell County, NC and is a 1996 graduate of Mitchell High School. He then attended Mayland Community College where he obtained an A.A.S. degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. In 2002, he graduated with honors from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Funeral Service.

Bryan married Kathy Mashburn on December 3, 2003. He has two children: Brianna Fair Buckner and Aaron Scott Mashburn and four grandsons: Logan Zane Nathaniel Buckner, Emmett Zaiden James Buckner, Liam Zachariah Cole Buckner and Talan Miles Mashburn.

Bryan joined our staff in June, 2004. Currently, he is the Lead Embalmer, Licensed Funeral Director, and Licensed Crematory Technician.

Bryan and his family currently reside in Leicester. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, motor sports, playing bluegrass, country and gospel music, and researching both local and funeral service history.

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Daryl Overton Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator office@andersrice.com

Daryl is a native of Morgan County, TN and has resided in Western NC since 1970. He graduated from Coalfield High School in 1970 and is a 1981 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, receiving the Scholastic Achievement Award.

Daryl is married to the former Mary Skelton of Asheville, and is an ordained Minister.

Daryl joined the staff of Anders-Rice in February, 2004 as a Funeral Service Licensee. In 2020 Dary retired from his full-time position and now continues as a vaulable part-time licensee.

His hobbies include playing gospel music, horseback riding and riding his motorcycle.

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Nancy Tiller Office Adminstrator office@andersrice.com

Nancy is a native of Burke County, NC and a 1977 graduate of East Rutherford High School, Forest City, NC. Nancy and her family moved to Buncombe County in 1978.

Nancy is the Office Administrator of Anders-Rice Funeral Home, and is the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. John Tiller and Margaret McCracken Tiller. She has two brothers, Rev. Dr. David Tiller & wife, Debi of Smyrna, TN and Mark Tiller & wife, Ann of Candler, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Nancy worked in the travel industry for 24 years prior to her joining our staff full time in June of 2008.

She enjoys people, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

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Lennie McBride Funeral Service Assistant, Certified Crematory Operator office@andersrice.com

Lennie was born in Winston Salem NC and was raised in Madison County NC.  Lennie graduated from Madison High school in 2006 and one month later he enlisted in the United States Army as an infantryman. He was stationed in Germany and loved exploring Europe. During his time in the Army, Lennie deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lennie returned home to Madison County where he pursued a career in firefighting and emergency medicine and, for a time, a long-haul truck driver. Lennie always had a passion to help people in need and once an opportunity opened for him in the funeral industry, he jumped on it.

After working in a funeral home and observing the lives changed by funeral directors, Lennie decided to enroll in the Mortuary Science degree program at Fayetteville Technical Community College. He is working hard currently on his apprenticeship and nearing completion of his degree. Lennie joined Anders-Rice in May of 2022 and is currently a Certified Crematory Operator

Lennie has a 9-year-old daughter named Aaliyah that is a wonderful upcoming artist. In Lennie’s free time you can see him working on the homestead, fishing, or doing homework. Lennie attends California Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

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Mark Timothy Warren Funeral Service Assistant office@andersrice.com

Tim was born and raised in West Asheville and is a graduate of Enka High School.

He married Sally Rogers on June 21, 1970 and together they have five children: Mark, Jr., Matthew, Jonny, Joshua and Lisie as well as 16 grandchildren: Katelyn, Caleb, Chloe, Stella, Logan, Annaliese, Maddox, Bennett, Josiah, Jeremiah, Joyanna, Megan, Sarah, Mason, Carter and Hunter.

Tim spent 45 years in the office equipment service industry with the last 35 years being spent with Advanced Business Equipment and retiring as Service Manager in 2015.

He joined our staff in March, 2018 as a part-time Funeral Director Assistant on funerals and visitation.

Tim enjoys people, bible discussions, camping, and woodworking.

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John Styles Funeral Service Assistant office@andersrice.com

John was born and raised in West Asheville. He married Jonell Thompson February 17, 1961, and they have two daughters: Teresa Gilliam and husband Rev. Gene Gilliam, and Deborah Kane and husband Adam Kane; as well as a granddaughter, Ryon Reynolds and a grandson, Collin Gilliam.

John retired from RC Cola after 36 years of service.

He joined our staff in November, 1990 and worked full-time from January, 1995 to May, 2006. Since then John has continued as a valuable part-time Funeral Director's Assistant.

John has lived in Candler for the past 50 years and is a member and ordained Deacon of Pole Creek Baptist Church.

In his spare time his hobbies include camping and traveling.

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Alex Caraway Funeral Service Assistant office@andersrice.com

Alex is a native of Avery County, NC and is maried to Kim Wells Caraway and they have a daughter, Brittany.

Alex worked with Anders-Rice Funeral Home formerly for many years, and has recently returned to our part-time staff in September of 2022 as a Funeral Service Assistant.

Alex and his family are members of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

 

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John Warren Funeral Service Assistant office@andersrice.com

John is a native of West Asheville and worked in the gourmet food industry and serviced the Ingles stores for more than 30 years. He is married to Evetta Smith Warren and together they have 3 children: Pam, Curtis, and Annissa. They also have three grandchildren: Alisa, Dwayne, Alex, and many great-grandchildren.

John worked with Anders-Rice Funeral Home from 2005 through 2020, and has recently returned to our part-time staff in October 2022 as a Funeral Service Assistant.

John enjoys socializing, attending church at Freedom Baptist Church, and studying the bible.

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Fern Roper Funeral Service Assistant office@andersrice.com

Fern Roper is the daughter of Adam and Lesley Roper and is a native of Western North Carolina. Fern enjoys helping her dad serve the families of Anders-Rice Funeral Home by helping to open doors, handing out memorial folders to family and friends at services, and operating the sound system in the chapel.

Fern is an active member of the Sandy Mush 4H Club and a long-time dancer with In His Steps Dance Ministry in Asheville.

Fern enjoys reading, playing with her friends, going to church, and camping.

 

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Mae Roper Funeral Service Assistant office@andersrice.com

Mabel Grace "Mae" Roper is the daughter of Adam and Lesley Roper and is a native of Western North Carolina. Mae enjoys helping her dad serve the families of Anders-Rice Funeral Home by helping to open doors and handing out memorial folders to family and friends at services.

Mae is an up-and-coming 4H member with the Sandy Mush 4H Club and is a dancer with In His Steps Dance Ministry in Asheville.

Mae enjoys dancing, horses, playing, and camping.

Adam D. Roper, CFSP

Owner, President, and Funeral Director
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Adam has always had a passion for serving those in need and has served many families in the profession of funeral service since 2001. He holds a funeral service license in North Carolina and formerly in Alabama. He is a graduate of the Funeral Service Education Department at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama. He also holds the distinction of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) as a graduate and member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

As the child of a military family, Adam lived on several Army bases during his childhood in Hawaii, Germany, and Alabama, however, most of his childhood was spent in Alabama. He attended and graduated from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Alabama, where he met his wife, the former Lesley Edwards. Together they have two daughters: Fern Elisabeth and Mabel Grace "Mae".

Adam joined the staff at Anders-Rice Funeral Home and Cremation Center in July 2013, and in September of 2022, he became the owner and president of Anders-Rice Funeral Home. In his free time, Adam enjoys camping, fishing, spending time outdoors, reading, and studying the bible. Adam and his family are members of Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church of Asheville, and they reside in the Leicester Community.

 

 

Lesley Roper

Owner, Bookkeeper, and Funeral Service Assistant
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Lesley Edwards Roper is the daughter of Bobby and Holli Floyd Edwards. She graduated from Jacksonville High School and Jacksonville State University where she majored in Accounting. She assists on services, cares for the staff, and is the bookkeeper for the funeral home.

Lesley is primarly a homemaker, raising her and Adam's two daughters, Fern and Mabel "Mae" as well as homeschooling them.

Lesley enjoys reading, studying the bible, camping, cooking, and chickens.

James T. "Tommy" Rice, Jr.

Funeral Director
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Tommy is a lifelong resident of West Asheville. He is a 1974 graduate of Asheville High School, a graduate of Asheville-Buncombe Technical College where he received his Associates Degree in Accounting, a graduate of Mars Hill College receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a 1979 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA.

A third generation Funeral Director, he started in our Funeral Profession at the age of 10. Tommy is our former President/Treasurer and former General Manager and is the son of the late James T. "J.T." Rice, Sr. and Doris Miller Rice.

He has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1976, a licensed Embalmer since 1979 and holds his N.C. Life Insurance License.

Tommy was an active member of the Asheville-West Rotary Club where he had served as President and on numerous committees and is a member of the Paul Harris Society. He is involved in many community services and helps serve as a volunteer for many of the non-profit associations.

His hobbies include traveling, reading, hiking, motorcycle riding and boating at Lake Lure.

Bryan Whitson

Funeral Director, Chief Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator
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Bryan was born and raised in Mitchell County, NC and is a 1996 graduate of Mitchell High School. He then attended Mayland Community College where he obtained an A.A.S. degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. In 2002, he graduated with honors from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Funeral Service.

Bryan married Kathy Mashburn on December 3, 2003. He has two children: Brianna Fair Buckner and Aaron Scott Mashburn and four grandsons: Logan Zane Nathaniel Buckner, Emmett Zaiden James Buckner, Liam Zachariah Cole Buckner and Talan Miles Mashburn.

Bryan joined our staff in June, 2004. Currently, he is the Lead Embalmer, Licensed Funeral Director, and Licensed Crematory Technician.

Bryan and his family currently reside in Leicester. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, motor sports, playing bluegrass, country and gospel music, and researching both local and funeral service history.

Daryl Overton

Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator
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Daryl is a native of Morgan County, TN and has resided in Western NC since 1970. He graduated from Coalfield High School in 1970 and is a 1981 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, receiving the Scholastic Achievement Award.

Daryl is married to the former Mary Skelton of Asheville, and is an ordained Minister.

Daryl joined the staff of Anders-Rice in February, 2004 as a Funeral Service Licensee. In 2020 Dary retired from his full-time position and now continues as a vaulable part-time licensee.

His hobbies include playing gospel music, horseback riding and riding his motorcycle.

Nancy Tiller

Office Adminstrator
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Nancy is a native of Burke County, NC and a 1977 graduate of East Rutherford High School, Forest City, NC. Nancy and her family moved to Buncombe County in 1978.

Nancy is the Office Administrator of Anders-Rice Funeral Home, and is the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. John Tiller and Margaret McCracken Tiller. She has two brothers, Rev. Dr. David Tiller & wife, Debi of Smyrna, TN and Mark Tiller & wife, Ann of Candler, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Nancy worked in the travel industry for 24 years prior to her joining our staff full time in June of 2008.

She enjoys people, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Lennie McBride

Funeral Service Assistant, Certified Crematory Operator
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Lennie was born in Winston Salem NC and was raised in Madison County NC.  Lennie graduated from Madison High school in 2006 and one month later he enlisted in the United States Army as an infantryman. He was stationed in Germany and loved exploring Europe. During his time in the Army, Lennie deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lennie returned home to Madison County where he pursued a career in firefighting and emergency medicine and, for a time, a long-haul truck driver. Lennie always had a passion to help people in need and once an opportunity opened for him in the funeral industry, he jumped on it.

After working in a funeral home and observing the lives changed by funeral directors, Lennie decided to enroll in the Mortuary Science degree program at Fayetteville Technical Community College. He is working hard currently on his apprenticeship and nearing completion of his degree. Lennie joined Anders-Rice in May of 2022 and is currently a Certified Crematory Operator

Lennie has a 9-year-old daughter named Aaliyah that is a wonderful upcoming artist. In Lennie’s free time you can see him working on the homestead, fishing, or doing homework. Lennie attends California Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Mark Timothy Warren

Funeral Service Assistant
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Tim was born and raised in West Asheville and is a graduate of Enka High School.

He married Sally Rogers on June 21, 1970 and together they have five children: Mark, Jr., Matthew, Jonny, Joshua and Lisie as well as 16 grandchildren: Katelyn, Caleb, Chloe, Stella, Logan, Annaliese, Maddox, Bennett, Josiah, Jeremiah, Joyanna, Megan, Sarah, Mason, Carter and Hunter.

Tim spent 45 years in the office equipment service industry with the last 35 years being spent with Advanced Business Equipment and retiring as Service Manager in 2015.

He joined our staff in March, 2018 as a part-time Funeral Director Assistant on funerals and visitation.

Tim enjoys people, bible discussions, camping, and woodworking.

John Styles

Funeral Service Assistant
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John was born and raised in West Asheville. He married Jonell Thompson February 17, 1961, and they have two daughters: Teresa Gilliam and husband Rev. Gene Gilliam, and Deborah Kane and husband Adam Kane; as well as a granddaughter, Ryon Reynolds and a grandson, Collin Gilliam.

John retired from RC Cola after 36 years of service.

He joined our staff in November, 1990 and worked full-time from January, 1995 to May, 2006. Since then John has continued as a valuable part-time Funeral Director's Assistant.

John has lived in Candler for the past 50 years and is a member and ordained Deacon of Pole Creek Baptist Church.

In his spare time his hobbies include camping and traveling.

Alex Caraway

Funeral Service Assistant
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Alex is a native of Avery County, NC and is maried to Kim Wells Caraway and they have a daughter, Brittany.

Alex worked with Anders-Rice Funeral Home formerly for many years, and has recently returned to our part-time staff in September of 2022 as a Funeral Service Assistant.

Alex and his family are members of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

 

John Warren

Funeral Service Assistant
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John is a native of West Asheville and worked in the gourmet food industry and serviced the Ingles stores for more than 30 years. He is married to Evetta Smith Warren and together they have 3 children: Pam, Curtis, and Annissa. They also have three grandchildren: Alisa, Dwayne, Alex, and many great-grandchildren.

John worked with Anders-Rice Funeral Home from 2005 through 2020, and has recently returned to our part-time staff in October 2022 as a Funeral Service Assistant.

John enjoys socializing, attending church at Freedom Baptist Church, and studying the bible.

Fern Roper

Funeral Service Assistant
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Fern Roper is the daughter of Adam and Lesley Roper and is a native of Western North Carolina. Fern enjoys helping her dad serve the families of Anders-Rice Funeral Home by helping to open doors, handing out memorial folders to family and friends at services, and operating the sound system in the chapel.

Fern is an active member of the Sandy Mush 4H Club and a long-time dancer with In His Steps Dance Ministry in Asheville.

Fern enjoys reading, playing with her friends, going to church, and camping.

 

Mae Roper

Funeral Service Assistant
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Mabel Grace "Mae" Roper is the daughter of Adam and Lesley Roper and is a native of Western North Carolina. Mae enjoys helping her dad serve the families of Anders-Rice Funeral Home by helping to open doors and handing out memorial folders to family and friends at services.

Mae is an up-and-coming 4H member with the Sandy Mush 4H Club and is a dancer with In His Steps Dance Ministry in Asheville.

Mae enjoys dancing, horses, playing, and camping.

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