OBITUARY

Charles Thomas "Tom" Rice

February 19, 1932May 13, 2021

Charles Thomas Rice (known as Tom Rice), a resident of River Landing at Colfax and a former resident of the Adams Farm community in Greensboro passed away on Thursday May 13, 2021 at the Hospice Home of High Point. He was born February 19, 1932 in Midland, MI, the son of the late Howard L. and Lois E. (Nickless) Rice. Tom is the elder of five children; two sisters, Connie (Morehead), Jenifer (Hare) and a brother, John Rice. Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Ben Rice. Tom attended Pine River School in Midland County, graduated from Midland High as class of ’50 president and graduated with honor from Michigan State College in 1954. In 1966 he attended Harvard Middle Management School. Tom married Virginia (Ginny) Bensch on September 17, 1955 who survives of the home. They have two sons, TR Rice (former wife Ann), Bret Rice (Teresa); five grandchildren, Katie Kelley (James), Charlie Rice, Patrick Rice, Sarah Rice and great granddaughter Emily Kelley. Tom joined Dow Corning in 1954 and held several management positions in Midland and Hemlock, MI and later in Greensboro, NC and Tokyo, Japan. In 1979 he joined SEH America as General Manager and Executive Vice-President in Vancouver, WA where he led the growth of the company from 10 employees to 500. In 1984 he was named President of Cincinnati Semiconductor Materials Corp. He retired in 1988. The family requests that memorials be made in Tom’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. A Celebration of Life Service for Tom will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday July 24, 2021 at Ebenezer Luther Church, 310 South Tremont Drive Greensboro, NC 27403 conducted by Pastor John Fair. The family will receive friends following the service.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Visitation will follow the service

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TERRY-MARIE MARTIN

June 30, 2021

I had the privilege of sharing time with Tom and Ginny, he was a sweetheart and Ginny was very gracious. I moved away and returned end of April, just learning my heart breaks and love goes out to Ginny. Many prayers and blessings to you sweet Ginny.

Denise Tolton

May 23, 2021

Some people make the world brighter just by being in it. Tom was one of those people. From inside out he was a man of integrity who delighted the lives of others with his humor, his wisdom, and his multiple skills. David and I are saddened for Ginny and all the family who will surely miss their Tom. But oh the joy when the reunions begin to happen in heaven!!! We send our love to all you he loved.

Charles Maultsby

May 22, 2021

Jinny, Millie and I want to let you Know that Tom was one of our favorite Yankee friends. he and I loved to share Pickles comic strip. I always thought the artist somehow copied what we were up to in our lives.Tom beat up on me in golf, but i still loved him and will always remember him and his beautiful wife, Love, Charlie and Millie Maultsby

John Hynes

May 19, 2021

I am very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I have many wonderful memories of time spent with Tom, Ginny, and our friends, his son Bret and family. He will be missed.

With Sympathy,

John Hynes

Janice Hynes

May 18, 2021

We met Tom and Ginny in Georgia where their son Bret and wife Theresa lived and they became family to John and I over the years. I remember the love, laughter and bantering among all of us. When they would visit, we got together and always enjoyed the time together. We even met up at their beach house when all the kids were young and had so much fun. We are blessed to have their friendship. Tom always had a quick comment and kept us laughing. We will miss you! Love, Jan Hynes

Barbara Martin

May 18, 2021

Jim has fond memories of his cousin "Tom." He remembers him as a really intelligent guy and great athlete. He says he could play a rousing game of baseball. He remembers him as being a catcher. We are so sorry for your loss. He certainly worked to make the world a better place and he will be missed.

Shelly & Greg Meador

May 17, 2021

Aunt Ginny, TR & Bret-
We know that words are inadequate, but we wanted you to know how sorry we are for your loss. We are lucky to have called Tom "Uncle." We hold many memories of a man who always had a smile and a kind word, he will truly be missed. Keeping you and your families in our hearts.

Ann Rice

May 17, 2021

My father-in-law was such a blessing in my life. We shared so many happy times together, most especially at Sunset Beach where he thoroughly enjoyed playing golf with T.R. and Bret and playing on the beach with his grandchildren. The only downside for him is that he burned the tops of his feet every year, without fail. There was never a man who enjoyed babies and toddlers as much as he did and my kids are truly lucky to have had him in their lives. I remember when he threw his back out in Denver once and spent days lying on the floor. Patrick was just three or four years old at the time. He would bring his legos to his grandfather and the two of them whiled away the hours. We will miss him but are happy to have him watching over us from above! Ann

Becky Hanna

May 16, 2021

Tom was a good friend and mentor to me (Becky) and to Bob (who recently passed away). Tom will be missed! With warmest regards to Ginny!

Robert ( Bob) Gill

May 16, 2021

Seems like I worked for Tom for the first half of my career. In Hemlock, in Asia, in San Jose and Vancouver Washington. He taught me a lot, always treating me as a friend. At times he called me his 3rd son.
We have talked often over the years. I will truly miss him. The world has lost a really good guy.

FROM THE FAMILY