Bernard C. Rice

August 9, 1929May 11, 2014
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Bernard C. Rice, Sr., 84, of Sikeston, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center. Born August 9, 1929, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Burton C. and Jennie Kindred Rice, he was an attorney and senior partner with the Blanton, Rice, Nickell, Cozean & Collins Law Firm in Sikeston and a member of the Missouri Bar Association. He had served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of VFW Post 3174, Sikeston Elks Lodge 2319, Sikeston Lions Club, Sikeston Jaycees, and served on the board of First National Bank. A member of the First United Methodist Church of Sikeston, he had also served as chairman of the trustee committee. On September 4, 1954, in Sikeston, he married Mary “Genie” Blanton, who survives of the home. Additional survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Bernard C. “Cliff” Rice, Jr. and Patty Rice of Independence, Mo. and Stephen and Monique Rice of Sikeston; and three grandchildren, Katherine and husband Andrew Newbold of Glendale, Mo., Abigail Rice and Madeleine Rice, both of Sikeston. The family would like to thank the in-home caregivers of “Mr. B”, as they affectionately called him: Tina Avery, Bethany Drew, Mary Quinn, Carolyn Steck and Tammy Draper. Visitation will be held from 5-8p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted in the Nunnelee Chapel at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, with Rev. Geoff Posegate, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston. Pallbearers will be Bryan Nickell, John Cozean, Tom Collins, Shaun Hanschen, Patrick Douglas, Mike Bohannon and Andy Newbold. Online condolences may be shared at: Memorial contributions may be made to: First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 682 Sikeston, MO 63801, Crown Hospice 2858 Professional Court Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 OR Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation Grand Central Station P.O. Box 4777 New York, NY 10163-4777


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Jean Brown Snider

June 25, 2014

I was so saddened to learn of "Uncle Tubb's" passing. My parents (Wanda and JW Brown), the Brays and the Blantons shared so many laughs and they loved retelling their adventures and other observations with us - the kids. What wonderful memories I have. To Genie and family, my sympathy.

May 17, 2014

I was sorry to receive word that Bernard had died. My sympathy to Genie and Family.
I always appreciated and respected his advise and friendship. His thoughtful and helpful guidance when Pam and I arrived with our young family in Sikeston will never be forgotten. Bernard was a dedicated member of First United Methodist Church. He will always have a place in our hearts.
Charles and Pam Buck

Denise Hall

May 15, 2014

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Bernard was a fine gentleman and I have such fond memories of working for him at the Blanton firm. May God wrap his arms around your family during this time and bless you with peace and comfort.

May 14, 2014

Marianna and I are so sorry to loose our friend Bernard, He was a wonderful friend and excellent lawyer. He will be missed in Sikeston by all those he touched in his career and personal life. Marianna and Max Heeb

Dale Taylor

May 13, 2014

Sympathies to the Family of Mr. Rice in this time of Loss!!! He was a Fine Man & Gentleman!!!

Nora F Fuchs

May 13, 2014

Ms. Genie and Family:
We were so sorry and saddened to learn of Mr. Bernard's passing. We pray that God will bless all of you with peace and comfort.
Joe and Nora Fuchs

Patty Ziegenhorn

May 13, 2014

Mrs Genie, Cliff, Stephen and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Your father was such a wonderful person and gave so much to the community of Sikeston. He was generous with his time to many organizations and his church. I know he was a wonderful father and friend. He will be missed but his legacy will live on through you his sons and grandchildren.

Warm regards, Patty

David Roth

May 13, 2014

Mr. Rice was a great lawyer and a fine gentleman. May his memory be eternal.

Tim Dowler

May 13, 2014

Thinking of you all very fondly during this time.