William "Bill"'s Story
William "Bill" Clay Rice, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 13, 2018 after a brief illness. Bill was born on January 8, 1930, in Rice Station, Kentucky, to Charles and Myrtle Witt Rice. He married Peggy Arnett on August 26, 1949, and is survived by her, and their son, William Brent (Brenda) of Lexington; a grandson, William Brandon Rice of Los Angeles, California; one granddaughter, Jamie (Gregory) Leveridge; and two great-grandchildren, Juliet and William Davis Leveridge, all of Lexington, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by their son, Charles Chuck Arnett Rice.
Bill was educated in Estill County and attended the University of Kentucky before returning home to work in the family store due to his fathers declining health. He and Peggy moved to Madison County in 1950 where he began farming. He had a long and diverse business career as a co-owner of Morehead Tobacco Warehouse in Morehead, Kentucky and as a co-owner of Robinson Tool & Die in Richmond. For over 40 years, Bill owned and operated Bill Rice Insurance Agency until his retirement.
Bill was a 50-year dedicated member and elder of First Christian Church; a long-time member of the Richmond Rotary Club; and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was active in local, state, and national politics and always enjoyed a friendly debate with his political friends over any issue of the day. He served on the Madison County Fiscal Court for 4 years, and was a member of the Kentucky State Board of Tax Appeals for 12 years. During his tenure on the Board, he heard and ruled on over 5,000 cases and considered it a great honor to serve the Commonwealth in his capacity as Vice-Chair. He also served as a member of the Kentucky Democratic Party Central Executive Committee, and as Chairman of the Madison County Democratic Party.
Bill touched many people with his conversation, warmth, and genuine smile. He was a man of many interests who enjoyed politics, handicapping thoroughbreds, and especially late in life his great-grandchildren and many friends at Richmond Morning Pointe.
A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, Kentucky 40475, or a charity of the donors choice.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to the staff of Richmond Morning Pointe and Hospice Compassionate Care Center for their loving and attentive care.
The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St., Richmond, is in charge of the arrangements. www.cpcfh.com
Published on January 15, 2018