Charles Eugene Rice

Charles Eugene Rice, (aka Ned or Cosmo), 87, of Crossett, passed away on February 5, 2022, at the St. Joseph Carpenter House in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was born on March 9, 1934, to his parents, Dewitt and Avarice Hamaker Rice.

Mr. Rice was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a 1953 graduate of Crossett High School, and a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church.

After serving his country in the United States Army and National Guard, Mr. Rice went to work at the Crossett Sawmill, followed by twenty-six years as a lineman at Entergy (formerly known as AP & L). As a lineman, he was always on alert, sitting by the phone with a pot of coffee always prepared to be called out during a storm. He loved his work and loved his town. He retired in 1991, but along with his co-worker and friend, William Coleman, continued to wire homes and businesses. Charles never met a stranger and enjoyed helping others with any electrical needs.

He had numerous hobbies including reading about the Old West, playing guitar in a band with his friends and family, and writing stories about his childhood. He was born in the small community of Whitlow and enjoyed driving there once or twice a day often planting pine saplings along with other plants and trees which he continued to nurture. He enjoyed organizing the Murphy School reunions, where he could visit with childhood friends, fishing on the Saline River, and coaching baseball, along with watching the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Branson trips with his wife of sixty years were absolutely at the top of his list of favorite things to do but being “Poppie” to his five grandchildren and one great-grandson brought him the most joy.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Collins Rice; three brothers, Raymond, Roy, and Robert Rice; and two sisters, Ellene Blackman and Nell Wolfe.

He leaves behind two children, Kim Bundrick (Robert) of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Charley (Kim) of Monroe, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Stinson, Stephen, and Kaitlyn Bundrick, and Carley and Alyssa Rice; and one great-grandson, Beck Bundrick.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Azalea Estates in Monroe, Louisiana, as well as the doctors and nurses in the Neurosurgery unit at Ochsner LSU Health Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the St. Joseph’s Carpenter House Hospice Center also in Shreveport.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, February 10, at 2 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett, with Bro. Keith Boseman, officiating followed by interment at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Larry Blackman, Rodger Nutt, Leroy Lalumandier, Stinson Bundrick, Stephen Bundrick, Sammie Blackman, and Logan Usery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 9 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Medders Funera Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.