James William Rice

img280 (459x640)Memorial services for James William Rice, 45, of Chickasha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013, in the First Church of the Nazarene with Reverend Pat Wilburn and Ed Whitley officiating.

James William Rice was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, on January 28, 1968, the son of Elaine Jones and Michael Brantley and the late Jimmy Rice. He died on Sunday, October 6, 2013, in Chickasha from recurring cancer.

James attended Chickasha Public Schools. He was active in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Troup 301 and Chickasha youth soccer. He played the slide trombone and tuba in Jr. High and high school in the Pride of Chickasha Marching Band.

After graduating high school in 1986, James joined the United States Army, and served two years in Germany as a Financial Specialist. Returning to Chickasha in 1989, he attended U.S.A.O., graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

After college James moved to Pennsylvania and was employed with Vision Quest as a children’s counselor. He later returned to Chickasha where he was employed as a detention officer for several years. Later he found his passion of the road and became a long haul truck driver.

James was an avid reader, he enjoyed collecting and shooting guns, spending time with his family and his nieces were his special passion.

He was preceded in death by: father; Jimmy Rice, grandfather; Charlie Jones “Pa Pa”, niece; grandmother; Mable Brantley, Christin Boyce and uncle; Vernon Jones.

Survivors include: mom and dad; Elaine and Michael Brantley, sister; Lucretia (Cricket) Scott and husband Ronny, nieces Meghan McDaniel, Kerri Danielle, Katie Dawn and Kasidy Dane Hinch, all of Chickasha, grandmother; Lillie Mae Jones, of Amber, aunts and uncles; Charlie E. Jones and wife Linda of Diridder, LA,  Darlene Brantley and husband Charles,of Pocasset, Oklahoma, Deana Taylor and husband Delbert of Cole, Oklahoma, Michael Jones, Paul Jones and Rebecca Jones, special friend; Jaunette Gardner and lifelong friend; Tim Luers.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.