Robert "Bob" Rice

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Robert “Bob” L. Rice, aged 75, died peacefully on December 7, 2016 in Nashville, TN. He was born on October 19, 1941 in Marion, OH to Robert G Rice and Violet P. Rice. He attended Hillsboro High School and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1963 and married his sweetheart Jeannie in the same year. He served in the US Army Reserve during the Vietnam era. Later he worked as an auditor for the Commerce Union Bank and then the State of Tennessee Comptrollers Office for over 22 years and retired in 2006. His loves were playing guitar, studying astronomy, spending time with his family, and anything on the History Channel.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Clara Jean “Jeannie” Matlock Rice, his son Robert Gordon Rice (and his wife Ayumi) of San Jose, CA, his daughter Andrea Rice Knight of Nashville, TN, his grandsons Spenser and Collier Knight of Nashville, TN, and several aunts and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert G Rice, his in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Dyer Matlock, and his son-in-law Dusty Knight.

A visitation will be held at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN on Saturday December 10, 2016 at 1pm with the memorial service at 2pm and the burial immediately following at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

Arrangements are provided by Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please donate to the St. Thomas Health Foundation Heart Institute VAD Center who gave Bob the gift of an additional three years with his family.

10 Comments to Robert "Bob" Rice

  1. David & Sybil Lheureux
    December 9, 2016 12:06 am

    Bob was such a dear sweet man and devoted friend that David and I will miss him so much in our lives. I could not think of a negative thing to say about him if I tried. His love and devotion for his family was heart warming. I loved to hear him talk because his voice was such a wonderful baritone with such clarity he could have been on stage. We will cherish the many years of friendship we shared with him and be there in support of his family. With love and prayers.

  2. Sherri Knight Pruett
    December 9, 2016 9:00 am

    When my brother, Dusty Knight, married Andrea Rice in 1999, my life took a turn for the better, Dusty gave me a beautiful sister and her wonderful family to love. I have enjoyed spending as much time with Bob and getting to know the great man he really was. He was an exceptional husband, father and friend. Always had a smile and something nice to say. When he made the choice to be an LVAD patient over three years ago, his determination and love for life extended beyond measure. He will truly be missed by everyone who knew him, especially me! May God give peace and comfort to “my” family during this time.

  3. Chuck Richardson
    December 9, 2016 2:09 pm

    I had the good fortune to work with Bob for the better part of 20 years at the Comptrollers Office. I remember Bob as always courteous, pleasant, reliable and good humored. As regards a day of training presentations, I recall Bob observing that “the mind can only absorb what the seat can endure.” A typical “Bobism”.

    I am proud to call Bob a great colleague and a friend. We will miss his presence. And remember his good nature.

  4. Cousin: Patsy Blackmon
    December 9, 2016 2:53 pm

    Jeannie, Gordon, Andrea, Spencer and Collier, it is so hard to find words for how much we are going to miss Bob, but we realize even more so for you. Bob was a real special cousin and our only regret is not getting to spend more time with him. He fought a courageous fight and in the end he won. I personally will miss him coming to our cousin reunions. He seemed to enjoy that time with family and we always enjoyed having him and missed him and talked about him when he didn’t get to come, always good, as we didn’t know anything bad to talk about where he was concerned. We are praying for God to touch each of you with His comforting hand and see you through the coming days. He will give you strength to bear this loss. We love you all and will see you soon.

  5. Dan Shaver
    December 9, 2016 6:35 pm

    Wonderful video for a very wonderful and nice man, God bless you all. I know that he was loved and will be missed.

  6. Sandy Knight
    December 10, 2016 5:24 am

    In many ways, Bob was the embodiment of “actions speaking louder than words”. While my brother was battling cancer, he gladly drove him to the majority of his doctor’s appointments. Several years later, as Andrea recovered from back surgery, I witnessed him faithfully come to the house, cook/serve breakfast then drive Spenser and Collier to and from school. No matter how he was feeling, he came in smiling and left happy.

    It is safe to say that Bob had many attributes, but what I will always remember is his love of family, servant’s heart, honest intentions and respect towards others.

    We are all blessed to have known him and call him friend.

  7. Ingrid Derrickson
    December 10, 2016 9:06 am

    Jeannie, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know Bob was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed by all of his family and many friends. May you all share in the interchange of love and memories you shared with him. I pray that the “God of all comfort” (2Cor.1:3,4) carries you through this tribulation. And may you find peace and hope in the promise at Rev.21:4,5, that very soon he will awaken to “all things new” and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” I’m so sorry for your loss.

  8. Beacon Family
    December 10, 2016 9:20 am

    On behalf of everyone at Beacon Capital – we send our love and prayers for your family. It was an honor to know Bob!! Jeannie – we are so very sorry for you loss. Love, Beacon family

  9. Mark and Kellie Pratt
    December 10, 2016 9:54 am

    Bob was a wonderful neighbor and friend. When we moved to the cul-de-sac 13 years ago, Bob and Jeannie were the first to welcome us. He was such a gentle and sweet man. He was always pleasant and so soft spoken. Bob will truly be missed.

  10. Carole, Jim, Emma and Grace
    December 10, 2016 4:11 pm

    Bob and Jeannie were nearly as old to the cul de sac as we were.There were many gatherings outside their home and I always looked forward to the full Rice/Knight contingent at cul de sac gatherings. Bob seemed like the calmest of the group, but became truly kid-like when it was a clear and starry night. I think his laser pointer might have been illegal to point at planes, but he showed anyone willing to look and listen all about the night sky. Quite the celestial tour guide. My kids love the night sky and I am sure Bob had a role in that. Many magical nights with Bob. We will never forget him. Much love Jeannie and family.

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