MORGANTOWN - Paul Emory Rice, 79, of Randolph Road, Morgantown, passed away early Saturday morning, March 30, 2013, at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born in Keyser on Nov. 3, 1933, a son of the late Claude Emory Rice and the late Cora Pauline (Barr) Rice.
Survivors include his two children, Deborah Elaine Rice of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Christopher Emory Rice and his wife Patricia of Bruceton Mills; four grandchildren, Alison Patton-Fletcher Rice of Denver, Colo., and Andrew Emory Rice and his wife Kylee, Dale Reed Ridenour and his wife Judy, and Dale Robert Ridenour, all of Morgantown; his unborn great-granddaughter, Emma Sophia Rice; one sister, Barbara Rice Athey and her husband Fredrick Athey Sr. of Keyser, and a sister-in-law, Catherine Rice of Keyser.
Additionally, he was dearly loved by many special nieces and nephews, including the late David Rice and his wife Pamela and children Cindy Rice Fahs and husband Scott, and Daniel and wife Janine; Gary and Heidi Rice and children Gary Rice II and wife Tabitha, and Adam Rice; Lynn and Tiny Rice and children Lizzie Rice Likin and husband Rodney and Bethany Rice and Josiah Harvey; Bethany (Rice) Good and husband James and son Jason Good and wife Jaime; Martha (Athey) Kasmier and her late husband Jesse; Carol (Athey) Worgan and husband James; Frederick Athey Jr.; Steven Rice and April Butts; Ralph and Darla Rice; Catherine (Rice) Freeman and Jeff Lark; Tina (Rice) Staggs and husband Dutch; Robert and Amy Rice; and Joseph and Joni Rice.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Earl "Rocky" Rice; and a sister, Betty Develbiss.
Paul attended Potomac State College, and graduated from West Virginia University with a master's degree in social work. He worked for more than 37 years with the Monongalia County Board of Education, retiring in 2010 as the director of attendance. He served three years in the United States Army, and retired in 1994 from the US Army Reserves with the rank of master sergeant.
He was an avid photographer who loved to travel. He also enjoyed sailing and was a gun enthusiast. Paul was involved with Special Olympics and served on the Board of Directors at the Monongalia County Youth Services Center, and also volunteered time to numerous other charitable organizations.
Paul's wishes for cremation have been honored by his family
A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Lutheran Church Parish House on Davis Street on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 2-5 p.m.
Inurnment will follow at a later date in the Arlington National Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paul's memory may be made to your favorite charity.
The Hastings Funeral Home of Morgantown is in charge of the arrangements.
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