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Lt. Col. Chester C. Rice

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RICE, Lt. Col. Chester C. Lt. Col. Chester C. Rice (U.S. Army, retired) age 94, of Union City, passed away in the arms of his family on Saturday, April 19th. Mr. Rice was born on February 2, 1920 in Meigs County, Ohio. As a member of the Greatest Generation, Chet Rice served his country in the US Army in WWII, the Cold War and Vietnam, retiring as a Lt. Colonel after 25 years of active military service in 1970. He retired from the Georgia Department of Labor in 1980. Mr. Rice was an avid gardener who enjoyed long days spent in his large garden. Chet was an active member of Fairburn First Christian Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir. Mr. Rice is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years Sylvia Rice, his daughter Susan Chambers and husband George Chambers of Fayetteville, daughter Ginger Merrill and husband Robert Merrill of New London, NH, grandchildren Clinton Chambers of Weaverville, NC, Emily and Eric Pullen of Chattanooga, TN and Elizabeth Merrill. The lights of his life were his four great grandchildren, Samantha and Ty Chambers, Carter and Sam Pullen. A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11 o'clock at First Christian Church at Fairburn with Minister Keith Davenport, Rev. Bob Merrill and Minister Bob Tyler officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at www.parrottfuneralhome.com. The family is accepting flowers or donations to First Christian Church at Fairburn, 154 Fayetteville Road, Fairburn, GA 30213. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-964-4800.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 22, 2014
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