AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Rev. Quay D. Rice, Sr., age 89, born in Fountain Inn, S.C. in 1913, ended his years of earthly service on November 12, 2002. He was a retired Episcopal priest of the Diocese of Upper S.C. and, since 1978, enjoyed pastoral privileges in the Diocese of Ga. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 4 p.m. at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, with The Rev. Dr. Richard E. Sanders officiating. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from Newberry College, Newberry, S.C., in 1934, he taught for seven years in S.C. schools. In 1942, Mr. Rice was inducted into the U.S. Army and was discharged in 1946, after serving in the European theater as assistant to the Chief Chaplain of the 2nd Armored Division. Mr. Rice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., in 1947. Desiring further religious training, he entered Union Theological Seminary and received a Master of Arts in Christian Education in 1948. For several years he served as a Methodist minister, including two years as Christian Education Director in Tallahassee, Fla. Desiring to be ordained into the Episcopal Church, Mr. Rice acquired a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Divinity School of Kenyon College, Ohio, in 1959. Father Rice served as an Episcopal priest in Harrington and Dover, Delaware until coming to St. Bartholomews North Augusta, in 1971. Retiring from his position in 1978, he enjoyed substituting at All Saints Episcopal Church, Beech Island, S.C. as well as at other Augusta-area churches. In 1981, he became Director of the Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries and served until his retirement from this position in August 1993. During his Delaware ministry he served on the Community Council of Kent County, as State Chaplain for the American Legion and as Chaplain for the Dover Chapter of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician. After moving to Ga. he was, for a few years, Chaplain of the St. Pauls Chapter of OSL and a member of the American Legion Post 0071, North Augusta. In 1986, Sertoma International made him the recipient of the Service to Mankind Award. In 1991 Father Rice was presented with an Inspirational Award by the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA for his devotion and caring towards others. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Stringer Hardy Rice, a son, Quay D. Rice, Jr., a daughter Idelette Rice McNatt, two step-sons, George Moore Hardy, Jr. and Charles David Hardy; three grandsons, Christopher Brian Rice, Quay Alexander (Alex) Rice and Joey Meditz; a sister-in-law Mrs. Mary Rice of Florence, SC; two nieces, Mrs. Louise Campbell of Anderson, SC and Mrs. Carolyn White of Abbeville, SC; a granddaughter, Lora Burson, a step-granddaughter, Marclee Moore Hardy, and several great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta, GA, 30901 or to St. Bartholomews Episcopal Church, 471 W. Martintown Rd., N. Augusta, SC, 29841. Family and friends are invited to attend the committal of ashes in the garden of St. Pauls Church immediately following the Memorial Service. The Rev. Dr. Richard E. Sanders and Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
The Augusta Chronicle November 21, 2002