In memory of
Korean War veteran, BJ Rice passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Carrollton, Texas. The 87 year old Father of five spent most of his life in the west Texas oil town of Midland. BJ was born March 12, 1934, in Coahoma, Texas to Homer E. Rice & Birdie Hull Rice. He served in the Korean War from Dec. 10, 1952, until Dec. 9, 1955. He loved to camp and fish with his favorite dog Beau. He was natural born musician that could sing any tune and play any instrument he picked up. He had perfect rhythm and loved to dance at the drop of a hat. BJ is survived by his wife of 65 years, Essie Mae Rice, his sister Nina West, his five daughters: Ann Mays, Kathy Wells, Janette Thomas, Brenda Tipton & Dianna Rice. He has eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren to carry on in his memory. Viewing will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021, from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory in Midland. Graveside service will be held Saturday May 15, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Resthaven Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Medical City Plano and VITAS In-patient hospice at the Carrollton Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.
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