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Fred Warren Rice passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017, at his residence. Mr. Rice was born Jan. 8, 1923, in Cullman to Lonnie and Ludie Key Rice. He graduated from Hanceville High School and began work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the late Director J. Edgar Hoover. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. On October 22, 1949, he married the love of his life Newell Reese. They made their home in Birmingham where he worked for Delta Airlines for 42 years. After retiring from Delta, they moved to Fultondale. Mr. Rice was a member of Gardendale First Baptist Church. He was a Mason, Shriner and a Volunteer Red Cross worker. He was one of God's servants and was always willing to help others. He was a devoted husband, loving and caring uncle and a dependable neighbor.
Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Razzie Rice and Claude Rice; and one sister, Jessie Rice Ingle.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Newell Reese Rice; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 19, at The New Gardendale Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home, with burial in Hopewell Cemetery in Hanceville.
The family would like to give a special "thank you" to Comfort Care Hospice and special caregivers, Christy King, Peggy George and Esther Auston.
Published on  June 19, 2017
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