Obituary of Robert C "Bob" Rice ~ 2007

Transcribed by Joan S Dunn

Source: New Bern Sun Journal Dec 13 2007

Robert C. "Bob" Rice, 83, of New Bern died Sunday evening, Dec. 9, 2007, 
after a brief stay at Craven county Regional Medical Center.  
Bob was born on Oct. 24, 1924, in Pamlico County and graduated from 
Arapahoe High School. He attended Atlantic Christian College (Barton 
College) for one year prior to transferring to UNC Chapel Hill on a Navy 
ROTC scholarship. He entered a wartime accelerated training program and 
was commissioned as a Supply Corps officer in January 1945. He served in 
the Pacific Theater through the end of World War II and remained on active 
duty unti1 1947 when he returned to UNC, where he graduated in 1948. Bob 
served in the Naval Reserves for 27 years before retiring as a commander.  
In civilian life Bob worked as a civil servant in systems management for 
35 years for the U.S. Navy Supply at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry 
Point, N.C., before retiring in 1980. He was the proud recipient of the 
secretary of the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Award in November 
1980.  Bob was a member of his beloved Broad Street Christian Church for 
55 years where he served as deacon, elder and chairman of the Board of 
Trustees. In 2002, he received what may be his most cherished honor. He 
was appointed elder emeritus of the church for the many years of dedicated 
ministry and service as an elder and faithful servant to the church.  
He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason for 55 years, having been past 
master of the Rainbow Masonic Lodge in Arapahoe.  
Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Margie C. Rice; son, 
Bobby Rice and wife, Karen, of Raleigh; son, Greg Rice and wife, Cathee, 
of Charlotte; grandson, Rob and wife, Shelli, of Raleigh; granddaughter, 
Kristen Ange and husband, Robert, of Raleigh; and grandsons Paul and 
Harper of Charlotte.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 
12, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Broad Street Christian Church, followed by an 
interment at Greenleaf Memorial Park in New Bern. The family will receive 
visitation from friends on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Cotten 
Funeral Home.

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