Roscoe Horace “Sonny” Rice Jr., 74, of Moore, died Monday, Oct. 18. He was born Jan. 23, 1936, in Durant, the youngest child of Roscoe Horace “Ross” Rice Sr. and Sarah Jewell Flemons Rice Seaton. He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife of almost 45 years, Betty Frair Rice; and his three older sisters, Geraldine Rice Ladd, Imogene Rice Vick Edwards and Esther Lena Rice Hogue. He is survived by his devoted fiancé’, Gale Watts; three daughters, Cindy Vaughan and husband Steve, Rhonda Freeman and fiancé’ Paul, and Vicki Stonebraker and fiancé’ Rich; a son, Jimmy Hyatt; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and four nieces. Sonny was a hard worker his entire life and endeavored always to be productive and gainfully employed. He mowed lawns and worked at various jobs during his school years, completed assigned home chores as well as attending Sunday School and Church without fail. He graduated from Choctaw High School in 1955 and after spending a year working at Oklahoma Casket Company and then Folding Carrier, he enlisted and served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1960, he began a 30-year career with Transcon Lines, Inc., from which he retired when the trucking industry deregulated. He worked the next 11 years for Canteen and was then employed by the Moore School System, performing maintenance duties at Brink Junior High School where he undoubtedly would still be working had his health permitted. Sonny was a tall, lanky, easygoing guy who loved life and country music. He was never happier than when he was playing his guitar and singing a few country or gospel songs. He often entertained at the Veterans Home in Norman, at various senior citizen centers, the Lions Club and many other places. Sonny loved his children and extended family and he loved and cherished his beloved fiancé’ and faithful caregiver, Gale, and her extended family. He treasured his friends, whether they were lifelong friends or those that he had met only recently. He loved his God and he loved his church family at First Baptist Church in Moore. All who knew this extraordinary man undoubtedly will miss him and will be blessed with special memories of time they shared with him. Sonny’s fiancé’ and family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the OU Cancer Institute and the Hospice Quality Care staff for their compassion and unfailing medical assistance. Funeral services were held Oct. 22 at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, with interment at Resthaven Cemetery in Oklahoma City.
Published on  October 27, 2010