Larry Rice

July 9, 1943 ~ July 6, 2022

Born in: Dallas, Texas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Larry Kent Rice passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, just shy of his 79th birthday, at his home in Arlington, Texas.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 14, from 6-8pm at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Tx 76013. A graveside service will be on Saturday, July 16, at 3:00pm at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, 7301 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, Tx 76112. Eddie Parrish will officiate the service. Shane Rice, Chance Orr, Caleb Orr, Alex Yelverton, Eric Orr, and Trey Yelverton will serve as pallbearers.

Larry was born to Al and Dixie Rice on July 9, 1943, in Dallas. The family soon relocated to McCamey, where Larry and his brother and sisters enjoyed growing up with small town values among the oil fields and tumbleweeds of West Texas. Following his 1961 graduation, Larry headed to California for a two week visit with family. The trip turned into an 11 month stay that he would always fondly remember.

Returning to Texas, he bought a1963 Chevy Impala and managed to impress Kathleen Tims, who he described as “the prettiest girl I had ever seen.” The two married in 1964, had three children and later enjoyed the blessing of four grandchildren. They were married for 57 years.

Larry’s career included work with Shell Pipeline, and sales with a home improvement company. But his love of the Lord led him to obtain a degree from Sunset School of Preaching in 1977. He served as a gospel preacher and then as an elder at the Brown Trail Church of Christ. He considered being an elder “the greatest honor he had ever had.”

Larry was known for his sense of humor and silly antics. Each Christmas brought new “bowhead” photos of him, and he was never to shy to dress up, cross his eyes, or otherwise ham it up for the camera. He had a cadre of sayings that never failed to entertain. “You’re welcome like a hair in a biscuit,” or “I’m pretty good, but mostly pretty,” were a few favorites. He was a Dallas Cowboy and Texas Rangers fan, but often observed, “Never trust a baseball player named Elvis!” He brought his fun spirit to his favorite role as Poppie to his grandkids.

A hunter and fisherman, Larry could easily dress game and then cook something delicious. His cooking/grilling skills and ability to create amazing meals, were well-known and appreciated by his family. His creativity also extended to painting, writing poetry, and creating tiny works of art using organic materials from the yard and tiny household items.

Larry was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathie, and his parents.

He is survived by his children, Shana Yelverton and her husband Trey, Kassie Orr and her husband Eric, and Shane Rice, and treasured grandchildren Chance Orr, Caleb Orr, Elizabeth Yelverton, and Alex Yelverton. Also, brother Gary Rice and his wife Cynthia, sister Valerie Dean, sister Kimberly Kemp and her husband Kayo, and sister Shelley Raney and her husband Roy. He will be remembered fondly by many other precious family members and friends.


Public Visitation: Thursday, July 14, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Room: Chapel

Graveside Service: Saturday, July 16, 2022 3:00 pm

Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park
7301 East Lancaster Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76112

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  1. So sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you all . may God bless his soul.
    Mike Farhat

  2. I am so sad to have to say goodbye to my friend and brother. We were good friends with the family and Larry and I were coworkers in years past. After the family moved to Arlington Larry would call me and answer with some name that I wasn’t familiar with and give me a scare. When he thought I had had enough he would tell who it was!!! Always a joker!! I have loved this family for many years even though we lost contact after a few years. I will miss just knowing he is there if I should need him. He was one of the best Christians I have ever known. Truly a man of God!! God bless you kiddos as you live without your lovely parents!!!

  3. I’m so saddened to hear of his passing. I will always picture him with that huge smile. Valerie, Shellie, Kassie and the rest of your family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you begin this new journey. Love ya’ll so much

  4. Precious family of Larry Rice,

    I have known Larry since he began to date my sister Kathie in about 1963. I have never thought of him as a brother-in-law but as my brother. I believe we were very fond of each other. Larry was kind to me when I visited he and Kathie. I always admired his many talents. He was definitely a people person. He always wrote such special notes on Facebook to others on their special days and events.

    I will miss both Larry and Kathie a lot. I am saddened with his passing but rejoice with the knowing that he and Kathie are reunited again.

    I love you and grieve with you over the loss of both of your parents this last year.

    Aunt Floy Jeanne Tims Elam

  5. I will miss Larry, my dear neighbor and friend. He and Kathie were our best friends and would do anything for us just as we did for them. I know he will rest in peace now that he is with his beloved Kathie. Rest in peace.

    My sympathies to this great family.

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