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 GEORGE GAYLEN RICE

 

Bellville Times 

George Gaylen Rice, beloved father, husband and friend to many, passed away on 26th December, 2010, at the age of 66, at his home in Sealy.

He was born in Liberty, Miss., but made a name for himself on the football fields of Baton Rouge, La. 

A graduate of Istrouma High School, he was known for his physical toughness and became a literal powerhouse as a two-way First Team All State tackle, leading the Indians to the 1961 State Championships.

At LSU he was an immediate force and integral part of both the offense and defense, playing on the “first team,” two-way White Squad of the Tigers’ famed three-platoon team. As a senior, he was named first team All American in 1965.

A first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears, Rice instead signed with the Houston Oilers as their third-round pick.

Mr. Rice is a lifelong lover of the outdoors and could frequently be found hunting or talking about hunting.  His love of the sport of sporting clays is matched only by his love for his friends and family.

Mr. Rice is survived by his wife, Carol, daughter, Wendy Gaddis, son, Kevin Rice, daughter, Terry Rice, stepson Brian Blazejack, sister Cagelene Crawford, first wife Lee Rice, and grandchildren Ashley, Courtney, Nicholas, Zachary, and Kelsey.  He was predeceased by his father, George Vernon Rice and his mother, Edith Jacobs Rice.

Memorial service was at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 from Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville with the Rev. Michael Groseclose, officiating

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761

  Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418. (979)865-2424. www.schmidtfunerals.com

Posted by Joy Neely

 

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