Leonard Rice
Funeral Date: 3/11/2015

Obituary:
On March 7, 2015, Leonard E. Rice, age 69, of Warren, AR passed away at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. Leonard was born in Warren, AR on April 9, 1945 to Vester R. and Marie Nichols Rice. He served in the United States Army and was trained as a medic. In the early years, he worked in the family business, Rice and Sons, and was a cross-country trucker. He later was director of Work Alternatives and was appointed to Governor Mike Huckabees’ Workforce Education and Career Opportunities state board. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved exploring the Saline River bottoms. On June 21, 1970, the longest day of the year, his life and the lives of his family changed forever when he dove into the Ouachita River and resurfaced a quadriplegic. Leonard and his fiancée, Sharon, were engaged to be married but fate took them a different path for a temporary time. Supported by an army of family, friends and medical support like the late Dr. Wallace Marsh, Leonard channeled his wild and playful spirit toward being a soldier on a new battlefield. After extensive rehabilitation, he attended the University of Illinois in Carbondale, and the University of Arkansas at Monticello from which he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in history. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Therapy from the University of Arkansas. Leonard was also a Mason. He was always the designer of a new project in which he was the brain and one or more family members were the hands and feet. As a result, he was able to again hunt and explore new hobbies like flying model airplanes. Leonard always took great pride in the accomplishments of his family and was a great supporter of his son, Marcus’, music career. Sharon and Leonard never forgot the days of listening to, When a Man Loves a Woman, as they sat at the Corral hangout or drove the Potlatch roads. On June 21, 1997, exactly 27 years to the date of his accident, Sharon and Leonard were married. Leonard was a Christian and knew his Lord had a plan for him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vester R. Rice and Marie Nichols Rice, and a brother-in-spirit, Noah N. Smith. He is survived by his wife Sharon Rice of Warren, a son Marcus Brown (Martha) of Nashville, TN and his granddaughter Anna Marie who was the sparkle in his eye, a step-son, Jamie Brown (Tiffany) of Nashville, TN, a brother, Lavern Rice (Reba) of Warren, two sisters, Patsy Smith of Warren and Peggy Doss (Auddy) of Monticello, his two nieces who loved their Uncle Leonard, Elizabeth Nowlen (Joe) of Monticello, Catherine Jackson (John) of Star City, two great-nieces, Jordyn and Noah Presley Nowlen both of Monticello. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 11 at 2:00PM at Frazer Funeral Home with Rev. Wayman Mann and Dr. Ron Moseley officiating. Linda Barrett was organist and The Bryant Sisters sang. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Rye. Active pallbearers were Tracy Nichols, Donald Hollingsworth, John George, Matt Rice, Andy Nichols, Warren Nichols and Tim Nichols. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Dichelle George, Delbert Nichols, Grady Laster, Dean Nichols, Ralph Reep, Billy Barnett, John Nichols, Bill Wisener and John Lipton.

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Name: Janie and Lyn Grice
Message: This was such a shock. Love you Sharon and prayers for comfort.

Name: Ricky Green
Message: My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Name: Sanda & Tommy Toole
Message: Our deepest sympathy.

Name: Sandra & Tommy Toole
Message: Our deepest sympathy.

Name: Nita Green
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Name: Nancy Kelly
Message: Im so sorry to hear about this! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Name: Steven & Angie Wyatt
Message: Our thoughts are with you.

Name: Emily Lasiter
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Name: Phyllis Parnell
Message: Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Prayers for comfort and peace are sent for you and the family!

Name: Denver Jeffers
Message: Deepest sympathy in your loss.

Name: Tammy Evans Hensley
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Name: Betty Bradley-Russell
Message: I am so sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with this wonderful family.

Name: Cathy Hines
Message: Sharon I a so sorry to hear about your loss. Praying fro you and the familt....

Name: Christeen Curry
Message: I am so very sorry to hear about Leonard. Prayers for the family.

Name: Donna Usry
Message: So sorry to hear about Leonard. He was a super guy.

Name: Mike Berry
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Name: Heather Perry
Message: Mrs. Sharon, Mr. Lavern, & Mrs. Reba, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Leonard was such a sweet man.

Name: Gracie Duncan
Message: My prayers and sympathy in your family.Class63

Name: Donna Craig McDougald
Message: Sharon & Family, so very sorry to hear this terrible news. Leonard was a wonderful man. I have such fond memories of my Mom and Dad bring ing me to visit with this wonderful Rice family as a child. I will always have these memories as you will have yours. Prayers for all

Name: Angela Lochridge
Message: Sharon, my heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family. May your precious memories of a beautiful love bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Name: Sheila Smith
Message: So sorry to hear the sad news. It was a pleasure to have known him.

Name: Ricky & Lorrie Davis
Message: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Leonard. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Name: French and Judy Wynne
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Joe Jeffers
Message: Oh, the good times Louis, Leonard, and I had on the hill. So many good memories. He had a huge impact.

Name: Sam & Brenda Mercer
Message: May the peace of God be with you dear Family.

Name: Roger, Debra & Lesli Jo Prince
Message: Ms.Pat, so very sorry about the loss of your loved one, Leonard. Will keep you in my prayers.

Name: John & Paige Stell
Message: Ms Sharon, You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers during the difficult days ahead. Always enjoyed visiting with you & Mr Leonard. I know he was loved by many & will be missed greatly. Love, John, Paige, & boys

Name: Charlotte Laster
Message: Prayers are coming your way. May God watch Sharon and the rest of the family during this time.

Name: James Wright
Message: Remembering your family in prayer during these difficult days.

Name: Sherri & Deloris Jones
Message: So sorry to hear about Leonard. Prayers for all of you.he was a wonderful sweet person & we will miss him. We love you all.

Name: Joe & Shirley Simmons
Message: Sharon & Family: So sorry to hear about Leonard. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers

Name: Uwe and Sigrid Beich
Message: Sharon I was shocked to hear from your loss. May God stand by you and give you comfort and strength to take you through this hard time.Our prayers are coming your way.

Name: sonny sipes
Message: Sorry for your loss

Name: linda rowe funderburg
Message: my condolence to this family

Name: Mary Etta & Ed Mohan
Message: Sharon, love you and praying for you all.

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Name: RHONDA AND GARY SIMMONS
Message: SHARON, SO SORRY ABOUT LEONARD. I LOVED HIS SWEET SPIRIT. I ALWAYS ENJOYED VISITING WITH HIM. I KNOW HE WAS THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. HE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON. MAY GOD TAKE HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND YOU AND COMFORT YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

Name: Tanya and Charliann Richard
Message: Mrs. Sharon, we are so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking about you and praying that God heals you and gives you some peace in your tine of sorrow.

Name: Faye Rouse
Message: Our heartfelt sympathy for you and your family. Prayers for you and strength to guide and hold you through this difficult journey.

Name: Paul & Becky Gannaway
Message: You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Cornelia Anderson
Message: My God bless you during this time of sorrow

Name: Lea Faulkner
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Name: Louis Ederington
Message: Leonard was certainly wonderful person. While very sad, this news brings back so many memories of the great times we shared growing up together. I miss him all the more.