AUGUSTA, Ga. - Earl Rudeen Rice, 93, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016. He lived in Augusta, Ga. most of his adult life and was well-known for his artistic talent, creating wood sculptures and turned wooden bowls that are appreciated by the many people who have collected his work over the years. His art was represented by galleries locally and in Asheville, NC, and he frequently participated in art festivals region-wide. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity to his friends, his easy-going, soft-spoken personality, and his intelligent, independent mind. Earl was born in Strasburg, MO and during his youth, lived in American Falls, ID. He served in the Army during WWII, landing at Normandy the week after the invasion. He also served in the Air Force in the 1950s-60s, and was stationed in Plattsburg, NY, Orlando, FL and Westover, Mass. After retirement from the military, he worked as a graphic artist at the CSRA Planning & Development Commission. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Andrew Rice and Lera Cheek Rice; his brothers, Gilbert Theron Rice, John Holman Rice, and David Walter Rice; and his sisters, Lera Rice Westenskow and Frances Rice Estlund. He is survived by a daughter, Christina Rice, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, Saturday, May 7 at 3pm.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on May 1, 2016