Jerry Henderson Rice, 83, of Callahan, passed away June 21 in Fernandina Beach, following a lengthy illness. He was born October 6, 1935, in Manor, GA to the late James Curtis Rice, Sr. and Edna Henderson Rice. He proudly served his country in the US Army. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Callahan.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lee Miller, and her husband, Lovelle, as well as a brother, Jimmy Rice.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sue Ellen Smith Rice; two children, Dr. Kenneth Rice and Karen (Don) Brydon; five grandchildren, A.J. Rice, Erin Rice, Megan Johnson, Krystle Brydon, and Jonathan (Stephanie) Brydon; two great-grandchildren, Hayes Brydon and Tate Brydon; four sisters, Martha (Jimmy) McLaine, Sue King, Marie (George) Thomas, and Margaret (James) Walker; two brothers, Eurith (Lovelle) Rice and Billy (Carolyn) Rice; a sister-in-law, Katie Rice, and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
The family received friends Monday, June 24 at Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 25 at the First Baptist Church of Callahan with Rev. Lynn Hyatt officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery in Hilliard.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston.