Thomas Edward Rice, born November 27, 1941, died November 10, 2020, at the age of 78 with his wife, Delores, by his side.
Married 61 years to his lifelong sweetheart, he is also survived by his children Tim Rice (Tina) of Epworth, Tammy Rice of Dalton, Georgia, and Tracy Cochran (Eric) of Calhoun, Georgia. He is also survived by his grandchildren who were the delight of his life, Katie Rice, Melissa Rice (Luke), Abigail Williams (Zach), Daniel Rice, Ana Rodriguez, Cecilia Rodriguez, Thomas Gray (Alexis) and Cassie Wortendyke (Peter); his two surviving brothers Dan Rice (Betty Jean) and Parks Rice.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Lucy Rice; and his brother, Peyton Rice.
A most beloved husband, father and grandfather Thomas was a retired Navy man, educator, football coach, fisherman, and a UGA Dawgs fan like few others. “Coach Rice” loved traveling with his wife and holidays with his family, and he will be missed by all who knew him.
The family received friends Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.
The graveside service was held Friday, November 13, 2020, at 11 a.m. from Haven of Rest Memorial Park.
The Brannon family and staff are honored to serve the family of Thomas Edward Rice.