Claude C. Rice was born on May 31, 1948, in Biloxi, Mississippi, to Lawrence Rice and Annie Brown. He was reared by his mother Annie and his uncle, Julius J.W. Brown helped raise him.
After he graduated high school he joined the United States Air Force. His service to his country and fellow man was honorable on the battlefield and in life. He attended college and went on to work for Columbia Gas for many years.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie, an uncle, J. W. Brown, and a stepson, Gilbert Wallace.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lettie; his children, Jonathan Rice and Niko Wallace, a grandson whom he raised as his own; other children; many grandchildren; great-grand children; his five step-children, Violet, Paul, Joann, Tonya and Shontee Wallace; an uncle, L. W. Brown and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 221 N. 7th Street in Steubenville on Monday, Jan. 15. Public viewing 11 a.m. until time of service at noon.
Arrangements by Gregory-Martin Funeral Home.