Ray Rice Sr., age 92, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Lincoln Medical Center in Fayetteville, Tenn.
Mr. Rice was born in Ripley, Tenn., to the late Jesse Clinton Rice and Viola Hancock Rice.
He was a resident of Murfreesboro before moving to Fayetteville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Army, a member of Beechgrove Cumberland Presbyterian Church, attended Gum Springs Baptist Church in Flintville and was past superintendent with Stewart Air Base.
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, and Melody (Dave) Wilson, of Murfreesboro; great grandchildren Corey Womack, of Tullahoma, Tucker Carlton and Tanner Carlton, of Estill Springs, and David Randall Wilson, of Murfreesboro; and great great grandson, Ethan Short of Manchester.
Visitation with the family will be Monday, Jan. 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Murfreesboro Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. at Murfreesboro Funeral Home with pastor Winfred Stayton and John Vile officiating. Burial will follow at Beechgrove Cemetery.
Those wishing may send condolences online at www.murfreesborofuneralhome.com.
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