James Rice (1926 - 2018)

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James Casey Rice
Aug. 30, 1926 - Apr. 4, 2018
James Casey Rice was born in Quitman Arkansas to Posy and Okel Virginia Rice on August 30, 1926 and passed away on April 5, 2018 at the age of 91. James was preceded in death by his wife of 50+ years Betty in 1998, brother Donald Rice, sister Wanda Wimberly, daughter Judy Nordyke, and son Ferrial Rice. Upon moving to California in 1953 James worked for Falcon Lumber Co. then in early 1970's began working as a locksmith at McNamara Hardware until it's closing, then at Parker's Hardware. After retiring in 1989 he returned to work as a locksmith at Merced high school until total retirement in 2003.
He enjoyed his work as well as his hobbies of gardening, crossword puzzles, and country music. James is survived by daughter Lisa Chavez and husband Augustine of Merced CA, son Douglas Rice (Melinda) of Atwater CA, 3 grandchildren Alexander Chavez and Angelica Chavez of Hayward CA, Matthew Rice (Melissa) and 1 great grandchild Everlyn Rice of Atwater CA, brothers Kenneth Rice of Oklahoma, and Glendon Rice (Eleanor) of Missouri.
The family would like to thank Dr. Elbio Sabao, Dr. C. Fuh, 7th floor nurses at Mercy Medical and the staff of Mission Gardens. Visitation will be held at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel 1290 Winton Way Atwater, CA 95301 on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. A Chapel service will be held on Saturday April 14, 2018 at 10:00a.m. Burial will be private. The family ask that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to , and/or plant a flowers/vegetables in your garden in his memory.
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Published in Merced Sun Star from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2018
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