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Obituary: Charles 'Charlie' Oscar Rice

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Charles "Charlie" Oscar Rice

Col. (Ret.) Charles "Charlie" Oscar Rice was born Aug. 31, 1940, and passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 20, 2021.

Charlie was the William Hume Award recipient 1957-58. He went on to be a star running back at Middle Tennessee State. After college, he joined the Army and became a UH1 Huey helicopter pilot, serving in the Vietnam War and then with the TNARNG as an aviation BN commander and retired in 1991.

He was also a teacher at TN Youth Center and Franklin High School, where he taught geography and history and was a football and track coach for many years.  

During retirement, he loved taking long drives in the countryside and saving box turtles. He always made time for his grandchildren, attending their sporting events and extracurricular activities. He was lovingly known as "Pops" or "Poppy."

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lenore Formby Rice; father, Charles Adams Rice; and sister, Mary Jane Gibson.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, whom he loved very much; his children Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Mike Rice and wife Master Sergeant (Ret.) Sharon Rice, Master Sergeant Chris Rice and wife Angela, Michelle Rice Barrett and husband Rodney, and Master Sergeant Scott Rice and wife Tanya; beloved grandchildren Chief Warrant Officer 3 Shawn, Britton, Kayla, Kirsten, Claire, Cassidy, Lauren and Ryan; and great-grandchildren Valor, Revel, Kai and Evelyn Marie.

Visitation will be held at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens in Nashville from noon-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Service will follow at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at