Charles J. (Bill) Rice died on August 19, 2012. He was born on October 17, 1923, to Louis Ellsworth and Shellie Hicks Rice. He graduated from Lonoke High School in 1941 where he excelled in football and track. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Rice left the University of Arkansas and joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific for the duration of WWII and later served more than 28 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Rice co-owned the Cabot Locker Plant until 1963 when he joined the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.
In Cabot, he served on the City Council, and was a volunteer fireman, Boy Scout leader, and Sunday School Superintendent at the Cabot First Baptist Church. Rice was the Wildlife Officer for Lonoke County until 1969 when he became the Chief of the AG&FC’s Enforcement Division. Rice was named Arkansas Wildlife Officer of the Year in 1967 and served as President of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers Association. He retired from the AG&FC in 1985.
In Lonoke, Rice served on the Police Commission, the Ballpark Commission, and the Board of Directors of the Lonoke Community Center.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert E. Rice of Tupelo, MS, and sister, Betty Magie of Cabot.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Lois (Carroll) Rice; three children, Dr. Eileen Rice Tollett of Allen, TX, Charles Robert (Bob) Rice of Jonesboro, AR, and Dr. Roy Rice of Madison, AL; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m Wednesday, August 22 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. Visitation was at the funeral home, Tuesday, August 21 from 6-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Lonoke First Baptist Church or the Lonoke Coaches Association, c/o Lonoke Parks and Recreation Dept., 107 W. Second St. Lonoke, AR 72086, for improvements on the Halford/Rice Little League ball field.
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