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Mr. Robert Lee Rice, Jr.

Obituary for Mr. Robert Lee Rice, Jr.

February 9, 1918 - May 23, 2017
Greenville, South Carolina | Age 99


Robert L. Rice, Jr.

Mr. Robert Lee Rice, 99, husband of the late Mary Aileen Sweet Rice, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at McCall Hospice House.

Born at Point Lookout near Edneyville, NC, he was the son of the late Robert Lee Rice, Sr. and the late Molly Belle Enloe.

Mr. Rice was retired from the Sears company. He served honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, with the 448th Bombardment Squad. He worked as an Airplane Maintenance Technician on the B-25's, and was stationed in Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, and Southern France. After returning to the US, he attended Bob Jones University, where he studied to be a minister. Later he led tent revivals around the Carolinas, managed the Mens' Rehabilitation Farm for the Rescue Mission in Macon, GA, served as a missionary to Mexico, and ran a children's home in Anderson, SC. For many years, Mr. Rice ministered to the elderly in nursing homes around Greenville, did home visits for his church and spent decades in ministry to inmates in South Carolina prisons. His greatest desire was to glorify God and serve others.

He is survived by his children Deborah Elizabeth Rice (Bryan Hiott) of Greenville, South Carolina and Oliver Rice (Sherry) of Corpus Christi, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. His three surviving siblings are Lula Ashworth of Brevard, NC, Kenneth Rice of Greenville, and Eva Butler, of Talladega, AL.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Rice was predeceased by two sons Parker Lee Rice and Orville Shuller Rice, and a daughter, Rebbecca Rice. He was also predeceased by six siblings: Samuel Sharpe Rice, Charlie Dewy Rice, Marvin Huit Rice, Frank Wilson Rice, Guy Fritz Rice, and Govan Paul Rice.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home - Downtown on Main Street in Easley, SC with burial to follow across the street in Westview Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home - Downtown, which is assisting the family.


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Easley, SC 29640

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