P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Harold Leonard Rice, Sr.
December 6, 1930 - August 16, 2023

Harold Leonard Rice, Sr.

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Harold Leonard Rice Sr., age 92 of Little Rock, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at Springhill Baptist Hospital in North Little Rock, AR. He was born December 6, 1930, in Crossett, AR to the late Marvin Rice and Ellen Rice Hesselbein.
He was a retired Telecommunications Project Manager at Motorola, United States Navy Korean War Veteran who served as a naval communications officer.
Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, billiards, studying horse racing, watching and studying all sports, playing ''fantasy football'', and working March Madness brackets. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Ella Ree Tucker Rice; stepfather, Rev., Frank Alvin Hesselbein; one sister, Joyce Jean Carmical Hines; a half-brother, Rev. Paul Hesselbein; and a daughter, Ruth Ellen Rice.
He is survived by two sons, Harold L. Rice, Jr. ''Hal'' and wife Sandy of Little Rock and John A. Rice of North Little Rock; one daughter, Cheryl A. Rice of North Little Rock; two grandsons, Harold L. Rice, III (Trey) of Little Rock and Matthew J. Rice and wife Caryn of Magnolia, TX; and two great grandchildren, Ella Beth Rice and Tucker Hale Rice of Magnolia, TX.
Visitation will be Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Chapel in Monticello, AR. Graveside Services with military honors will be Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, AR.
Please sign Harold's guestbook at www.stephensondearman.com.

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71655
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Graveside Service
Saturday, August 19, 2023
at 11:30 a.m.
Oakland Cemetery
N. Hyatt
Monticello, AR  71655
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Oakland Cemetery
N. Hyatt St
Monticello, AR  71655
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  1. Dorothy McWhorter
    I know Harold and Fly are having a great time reminiscing about the days at Monticello High.
  2. Debbie McCracken
    I am so sorry for your loss❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏 I loved your parents. Praying for you and your family 🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  3. Dan McCracken
    I went to college iwith Harolds son John in late 70's. My father had recently died and Harold was a father figure for me til this day. A solid man with an amazing depth of knowedge and understanding. He will be truely missed by me and others in this world.

    My deepest sypathies go out to Hal, John, Cheryl and the rest of the Rice family.
  4. Joey & Debbie Swaggart
    He will be missed, He was such a good man. Praying for the family!!
  5. Robert Prestridge
    I remember Harold and his Sister when We were growing up in Monticello.
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