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Carolyn Brice

February 19, 1962 — October 9, 2023

El Dorado

Carolyn Brice


Carolyn Annette Henry Brice departed this life Monday, October 9, 2023, in her home surrounded by the love and energy of her Lord and Savior and her caring and devoted friends and family near and far. She was the youngest of three children born to Zola Warren Henry on February 19, 1962, in El Dorado, Arkansas. She was predeceased by her mother, her father, John Thurman Benton, and siblings, Alice Marie Williams, Charles Lee Marble, and Leonard Lee Benton.

Carolyn is remembered fondly by her community as genuinely kind and empathetic. Though understated and unassuming, her aura of generosity and selflessness was immediately obvious to everyone she met. Even as she courageously faced her own personal challenges as a longtime breast cancer survivor, she crusaded to improve the lives of others she encountered. Thus, early on in her treatment, Carolyn founded Chemo Angels, a volunteer group that provides comfort care to oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy. She was also an avid participant in Relay for Life, Race for the Cure, and other awareness campaigns.

Being "MomMom" and "Ma 'Mia" was Carolyn's greatest joy. Before her family, she consistently demonstrated the fruits of her unwavering Christian faith and spirituality, instilling in them "a delay is not a denial." Her children, Crystal Janiece Carter, Candiace Aishea Carter, and Joseph Raheem Brice, Jr., know her as their staunchest cheerleader, a pillar of strength, and boundless source of unconditional love and support.

Carolyn was a 1981 graduate of El Dorado High School and attended South Arkansas College. Her natural instinct as a caregiver and advocate led to her early work as a home health nursing assistant, and up until her health no longer permitted it, Carolyn was an integral staff member of the South Arkansas Developmental Center for Children and Families. While there, she coordinated housing arrangements and community activities. When not partaking in career and community activities, Carolyn enjoyed travel, action-packed movies, motivational reading, and listening to a variety of categories of her favorite gospel music genre. She was a member of The St. John Missionary Baptist Church in El Dorado.

In addition to her parents and siblings, Carolyn lived honoring the memory of special aunts and surrogate moms, Betty Jean Smith and Zadie Mae Phillips, and her dear friend Tina Roark, who traversed the breast cancer journey with her. Carolyn leaves to honor her memory her three children; her grandchildren LaMario Ahmad Island and Breanna LaShaun Malone; "mom" Celia Mae Richard; "sisters" Chiquita (George) Robinson; Rachael (Bobby) Waller; nieces Patrina (Eddie) Wyrick, and Rickki Benton; nephews Joseph Robinson, Doyle (Tiffany) Robinson, Brandon Lindsey,  and Daron Benton; sister/cousin Patsy Warren; and a host of other relatives, colleagues, and friends.

In Lieu of Flowers the family has requested that you please make a donation to Chemo Angels PO BOX 11314 El Dorado, AR 71730.

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