Donald Lee Rice, 66, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 7, 2014, in a Knoxville hospital.
He was the son of the late Mamie Belle Dillard Rice and Walter Gillespie Rice. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Edward, Walter A. and James R. Rice; and his nephew, Walter G. “Dickie” Rice.
He was a Vietnam War veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He received the Purple Heart for his service.
He was retired from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 43, where he was a 45 year member. He was a member of the V F.W., a past member of the Elk’s Lodge and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 81, where he was a past commander.
He never met a stranger and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing guitar, and he loved to cook and would cook for everyone.
He was a member of the Candies Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Rice of Cleveland; his daughter, Codie Lea Rice of Cleveland; his sisters: Nola Kaye Hale and her husband, Edward, and Patricia Kelly, all of Dayton; his brother, Tony M. Rice of Mora, Minn.; his mother and father-in-law, Bernice and Floyd Peels of Tellico Plains; and several nieces and nephews.
The Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 1 p.m. from the North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Rev. Jamie Work officiating.
Interment will follow in the veterans section of the Fort Hill Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Military honors will be given.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
You may share your condolences and your memories with the Rice family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.