Joe Martin Rice, Jr.

August 26, 1936 ~ March 14, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Joe Rice, Jr. Obituary

Funeral services for Joe Rice, Jr., 86, of Wills Point, TX, are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Union Grove Cemetery.

Joe Martin Rice Jr was born in Temple, Texas on August 26, 1936, to Joe Martin Rice Sr and Ethel Johnson Rice.   Joe spent his early years in Moody, Texas, moving to Wills Point at the age of seven.  He was a graduate of Wills Point High School in 1954.

Joe and Norma Jo Robbins knew of each other at WP High School and started dating in 1957.  They were married October 10, 1959.  Judge Staten, County Judge, agreed to marry them for a ride to the Canton Courthouse and the price of $2.00.

Joe served in the United States Navy from 1957-1961 as Quartermaster Second Class.  He received commendation from the USN, Department of Defense as an "Atomic Veteran" for his service during the atom bomb testing at Eniwetok Atule aboard the USS Hooper Island.

After leaving the Navy, he began working at Queen City Chevrolet in Wills Point in 1962 for his brother-in-law, Dewitt Bateman and sister, Sue Rice Bateman Tarver.  He started as a shop man and progressed to mechanic, Parts Department, Sales Department and became the youngest dealer/owner in the State of Texas for Chevrolet and Oldsmobile. He retired from the dealership after 28 years in the business.  

Joe enjoyed working in his yard, out in his shop, helping in the house, and sitting out in the sunshine for a nap.  Whatever he did, he excelled.  He loved sharing stories, talking with people, and helping anyone he could.  He always made sure his family, friends and employees had plenty.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 64 years, Norma; his daughter, Carolyn Sue Rice Furrh and husband Randy; son, Joe Martin Rice III, and wife Yvette. Eight grandchildren, Maranda Furrh, Kristy Jacks Petersen, Jered Furrh and wife Brittany, Nicole Rice, Mallory Miller Malouf and husband Bryan, Amanda Rice Quezada and husband Ryan, Kyle Miller and wife Skylar, Joe Martin Rice IV, and wife Tina. In addition to the eight grandchildren, Joe had 19 great grandchildren.

Joe M Rice Jr is preceded in death by his father, Joe M Rice Sr, his mother, Ethel Johnson Rice; sister Sue Rice Bateman Tarver; daughter, Joyce Ann Rice Miller and great granddaughter, Presley Jo Quezada. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, March 20, 2023, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union Grove Cemetery: PO Box 722, Wills Point, TX 75169.

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March 20, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hiett's LyBrand Funeral Home
1701 Goodnight Blvd
Wills Point, TX 75169

Funeral Service
March 21, 2023

2:00 PM
Hiett's LyBrand Funeral Home
1701 Goodnight Blvd
Wills Point, TX 75169


Union Grove Cemetery
7030 FM 751
Wills Point, TX 75169


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