Published in The State on Aug. 18, 2014
Robert "Bob" Rice COLUMBIA Funeral service for Robert
"Bob" Rice, 88, of Columbia, will be held at 3:00 p.m.,
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Virginia Wingard
Memorial United Methodist Church, 1500 Broad River
Road, Columbia, SC 29210 with internment to follow in
Bush River Memorial Gardens with Reverend Scott W.
Smoak and Reverend John E. Culp officiating.
Temples Halloran Funeral Home will be assisting
Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00 p.m.prior to the service
in the Welcome Center at the church.
Mr. Rice passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 16, 2014 surrounded by
his loving family.
Bob was born on October 30, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to the late Millard W. Rice
and Elvera J. Rice.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nora M. Rice; daughter, Sandra R. Helms (Dr. Lee)
of Virginia Beach, Virginia; son, Robert Marvin Rice, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; beloved
step-children, daughter, Sandra S. Jordan (Buck) of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Charles
Gordon Shaw of Columbia, SC; brother, Loren Rice (Beverly) of Falls Church, Virginia;
and grandchildren, Eric and Brian Jordan, Christopher, Katey and Betsy Helms.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Byron Rice.
Bob graduated from Western High School (1943) in the Washington, DC area after
which he immediately entered the Army and served from 1943-1946.
After returning to the states, he attended Montgomery College in Bethesda, MD where he
received an Associate Degree in Business. He later attended Ohio Western College in
His work history started with a large financial company in Washington, DC where he
eventually became a supervisor and worked in their offices in Virginia, Maryland,
Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and South Carolina. He entered the real estate
business in 1969 and became a real estate broker in 1971. He owned and managed Bob
Rice Realty, Inc. for more than 40 years.
He was a longtime member of Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church and
the Christian Love Sunday School Class. In addition, he was a member of the Executive
Club of the Midlands.
He loved music, traveling, bridge, gardening and especially his family. The family
expresses gratitude to the Lutheran Hospice Staff as well as to their church family and
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Member Care Fund or BRAC at Virginia
Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church, 1500 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC
All who knew Bob will remember his kind, gentle and loving nature, his sense of humor,
his respect for all with whom he came in contact and his exemplary character.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.templeshalloranfuneralhome.com