MCALLEN – Thomas William Rice, Jr., 74, of McAllen, TX, died en route to University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas after being involved in a single car accident.
Tom was born in Bay St. Louis, MS, and after high school, enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1965-1969. He was stationed in Corpus Christi, TX where he met his future wife. After the Coast Guard, Tom moved his new family to Mission, and later McAllen, where he worked as a maintenance supervisor and, together with Irma, raised four children.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Irma, and his four children, Thomas Rice III (Jacqueline), Pamela Ann Linn (Robert), Michelle Rice, Jennifer Vasquez (Juan Gabriel), ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, his mother, Dorothy Rice, and his two sisters, Patricia Hoffman (Edwin*) and Eileen Hoch (Harry). He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas W. Rice, Sr.
Viewing will be on Monday, May 29 from 1-9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission, TX. Burial mass will be on Tuesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission, TX with burial following at Valley Memorial Gardens.