of Paris, AR
May 7, 1921 - September 11, 2022
Eugene Hoyt Rice, 101, of Paris, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022 in Paris. He was born on May 7, 1921 in Johnson Township of Logan county, now known as Paris, Arkansas, to his parents, Romie Lee Rice and Lillie Priscilla (Moore) Rice. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II. Before the war, he was a farmer and a coal miner. After his military service, he was an auto mechanic and a heavy equipment operator at Great Lakes Steel mill in Michigan. He was also an ordained minister. After retirement in Michigan, he returned to Paris, Arkansas and was a handy man. He and his wife, Hazel did yard work for others and led Christian services at nursing homes in Paris and Charleston for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed working in his yard, fishing, hunting, singing and playing his guitar, and taking care of the Moore cemetery near Paris.He is preceded in death by his parents, mentioned above, three brothers, Henry Rice, Holman Rice and Robert Rice; three sisters, Murl Zeiler, Vera Zeiler and Louise Rice Wooten. He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Hazel Marie (Duncan) Rice of Paris; two daughters, Sue Rice of Bartlett, Tennessee and Gennevia Porterfield and husband, Tony of Abilene, Texas; one granddaughter, Charity Rice of Franklin, Tennessee; one brother, Argie O. Rice of Wichita, Kansas; many other family members and friends.Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Roseville Assembly of God church officiated by Rev. Wayne Thacker. Burial with military honors will follow the funeral service at Moore cemetery near Paris. Funeral service and arrangements are under the direction of Roller Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Tony Porterfield, Luke Carr, James Spicer, Lyndle Thacker, Marcus Ullrich, John Green and Thomas Robberson.Honorary Pallbearers will be Alfred Duncan and Marvin Duncan.
Always enjoyed being around Uncle Gene and listening to all the stories he would tell my heart is broken for us still living on without him but I do rejoice in the fact that I know he is with the Lord now.
Our sympathies and prayers.
We love you and you will be missed