May 3, 2021
Mr. Bob Rice, age 88 of Sparta, TN passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 at his residence.
Bob was born on December 24, 1932 in Putnam County, TN to his parents, the late Dewey and Ola Harness Rice. Also preceding him in death was his son, Bobby Dean Rice; 2 grandchildren, Scott Davis and Josh Davis; 9 siblings, Geraldine Felts, Barbara Goff, Mary Ellen Shackelford, Gene Rice, Bill Rice, Roy Rice, James Rice, Yune Rice, and infant sister, Irene Rice; and special friend, Eddie Herman. Mr. Rice was a member of Johnson Chapel Baptist Church, a retired construction worker, and a honorary and lifetime member of the Johnson Chapel Volunteer Fire Department.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 5, at 11am in the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Elmore Judd and Bro. Jackie Miller will officiate and burial will follow at Peeled Chestnut Cemetery in Sparta. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, May 4, from 11am until 8pm and on Wednesday from 9am until the time of services at 11am. Due to Covid-19 precautions, we are not accepting food in the kitchen at this time.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ruth Rice of Sparta, TN; 3 children, Connie Davis of Sparta, Kenneth (Shawn) Rice of Sparta, and Terry Rice of Sparta; 5 grandchildren, Whitney (Brandon) Cox of Smithville, Daniel (Ashley) Rice of Sparta, Dustin (Marissa) Rice of Sparta, Courtney (Dustin) Estes of Smithville, Conner Rice and fiance Kimberly Hale of Smithville; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Reba Davis of Murfreesboro and Sue Perkins of Baxter; 1 brother, Denver Rice of Madison; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements