Henley W. Rice

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Henley W. Rice

Indianapolis businessman and longtime North side resident, Henley W. Rice died peacefully at home on May 1, 2014 at the age of 93 years. He worked in the Indiana Avenue district and managed two Shell Oil service stations, one formerly located at 501 W. North Street and another at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Senate. In 1966 Mr. Rice was the first African American auto parts wholesaler in the State of Indiana founding Rice Auto Supply that was located at 1828 Central Avenue. He was a 45 year member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Co-Chair of its board of Trustees and made Trustee Emeritus in 2003.

In addition to his loving wife, Marilyn, he is survived by his children, Beverly (Michael) Snorden, Kim (Francois) Cummings, both of Indianapolis and Gary Rice, London, England; and two sisters, Margaret "Vi" Hamilton, Indianapolis and Emily Redman, St. Petersburg, Florida.

A memorial service will be held at Stuart Mortuary on Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m., with calling hours from Noon. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center or CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions. Please visit http://www.stuartmortuary.com to leave condolences.

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Indianapolis, IN 46208
317-925-3000
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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 6, 2014
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