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Obituary: James Gary Rice Sr.

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James Gary Rice Sr., 83, was promoted to heaven on Oct. 15, 2021 in Franklin.

Gary was born Aug. 12, 1938 to the late James and Elizabeth Gibson Rice. He was the owner and operator of Rice Electric, Inc. since 1957, retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Keep Williamson Beautiful Board for 16 years.

Gary also achieved his second degree blackbelt in his early 70s and was a precinct election official for over 10 years. He was a beloved husband, father and friend.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Clydene Brett Spann.

He is survived by his loving wife, Massie Sawyer Rice; son, Jimmy (Lisa) Rice; daughter, Melanie (Joe Ehrhart) Harvey; mother of his children, Betty Shelton; stepchildren Merritt Ford Hyde and Lanta Ford Parsons; grandchildren Vinnie, Michael and Martina Formosa, Brooke Rice, Jenna Farro, Austin Ehrhart, Gibson Hyde and Gavin Parsons; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Jimmy Rice officiating. The interment will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Jackie Rainey, Joe Ehrhart, Floyd Sommers, Greg Hurley, Mark Gentry and Josh Farro will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include David Looney, Michael Formosa, Vinnie Formosa and Austin Ehrhart.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Billy Graham Crusade or to Samaritan Purse.

Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 3009 Columbia Ave. Franklin, TN 37064 615-794-2289