Jerry Rice (81), a kindhearted, hardworking man, was called to his heavenly home on February 26,2022. He lived in West Columbia,SC. Jerry was born in Flag Pond, Tennessee, to Henry K. Rice and Jessie A. Rice. He served in the US Air Force- Military Police division, 1959-1963. He then earned his BS degree from ETSU in 1972. He made his life long career with CSX Railroad, and after 36 years of dedicated service, he retired as Train Master. His love for animals inspired him to spend his retirement years rescuing, finding homes, and caring for them. They brought him great joy and purpose.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Kenneth D. Rice, Gary A. Rice, and his sister, Jean Odell.
He is survived by his daughter, Nicole Tripoli (Christopher), granddaughters, Sydney Tripoli and Megan Tripoli, of Raleigh, NC. , his sisters, Shirley Knight, of Knoxville, TN., and Cathleen Enuton (Manuel) of St. Augustine, FL., and his dear friend, and companion Mary Jones, of West Columbia, SC. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
His kind heart will be greatly missed. If it is your wish, a donation for the animals he loved so much, may be made to your local animal shelter or rescue. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 9th from 12-2 pm, at The Bramble in Erwin,TN.