Thomas Edwin Rice, 78 of Star City, passed away December 27, 2021 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.

He was born April 9, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Arthur Eugene and Geneva Harper Rice.

Thomas was a member and deacon at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He was a retired construction laborer, avid coon hunter, loved to deer hunt and loved the Razorbacks.

Also preceding him in death were his wife, Marie Ann Irons Rice; brother, Donald “Duke” Rice; and sister, Wanda Burr.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Scott Rice, daughter, Tina (Johnny) Graves and brother, William Eugene (Bennie) Rice, all of Star City; three sisters, Bobbie Jean Lee, Willene Morris, Mary Ann (Doug) Patrick, all of Star City and Ellene Rice of Rockford, Illinois; and two grandchildren, Levi Rice and Logan Rice.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, December 30, at 2 p.m. at Butler/Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Bro. Ronald Young officiating. There will be no formal visitation.

Pallbearers are Aaron Cruce, Jackie Greenham, G.C. Holloway, Tommy Goodnight, Brandon Buck, and Gary Graves. Honorary pallbearer is Jerry Phillips.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City.