Mr. Rice was born in Ripley, TN to the late Jesse Clinton Rice and Viola Hancock Rice and resident of Murfreesboro before moving to Fayetteville.
He was a veteran of the US Navy and Army, a member of Beechgrove Cumberland Presbyterian Church, attended Gum Springs Baptist Church in Flintville and past Superintendent with Stewart Air Base.
Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie F. Rice; granddaughters, Melissa Ashby and Leslie Rice; great grandsons, Treet Ashby and Tyler Allen Short.
He is survived by son, Ray Rice, Jr of Murfreesboro; daughter, Linda Sue (Randy) May of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Amy (Barry) Carlton of Estill Springs, Melody (Dave) Wilson of Murfreesboro; great grandchildren Corey Womack of Tullahoma, Tucker Carlton and Tanner Carlton of Estill Springs, David Randall Wilson of Murfreesboro; great great grandson, Ethan Short of Manchester.
Visitation with the family will be Monday, January 21, 2013 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Murfreesboro Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Murfreesboro Funeral Home with Pastor Winfred Stayton and John Vile officiating.
Burial will follow at Beechgrove Cemetery.
Murfreesboro Funeral Home, 145 Innsbrooke Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN