Ernest Thomas Rice, born March 29, 1931; passed away April 25.
Rice was a life-long member of the Church of Christ. “Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away” as did he, God now has him in His bosom. Answering the call of his country, Mr. Rice was a veteran of the U.S. Army, answering the call of his country and was a paratrooper and infantry soldier spending months on Heartbreak Ridge during some of the most vicious fighting in the Korean War. He was the eighth of nine children born to the late, Hooper and Mary Hunter Rice. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Edward, Earl, Vivon, William “Bill” and Margaret Elizabeth. Mr. Rice was a family historian, a life-long Bible student and a gentle, sweet brother.
He is survived by: sisters, Mary Lou Frazer and Dixie Tanksley; brother, Gordon Ramon Rice; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Monday, April 29 at Bond Memorial Chapel with David Shannon officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers were Don Rice, Jimmy Rice, William H. “Buzzy” Rice, Roy Tanksley, Jr., Josh Rice, Jordan Rice and Justin Rice. Honorary pallbearers were Elders and Deacons of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ and Bill Cox.
Visitation was Sunday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com.