Rodney C Rice

rodney rice

July 31, 1937 ~ August 13, 2023

Born in: Greenfield, MA
Resided in: Carthage, North Carolina

Rodney C. Rice, age 86, of Carthage passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst. 

A native of Greenfield, MA he was a son of the late Russell and Theresa Spalding Rice. Rodney was a US Army Veteran and retired machinist. He worked for Pratt & Whitney in CT for 23 yrs and moved to North Carolina where he worked for Dupont as supervisor until retiring.

As a boy Rodney loved fishing, and taking care of the animals on the little farm. As an adult he and his wife Margie enjoyed gardening and small farming together. They also enjoyed going to the casinos in Atlantic City, NJ, and Mississippi.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Margaret McIntosh Rice and daughter Donna Medlin. 

He is survived by his daughter Debbie Quadrozzi; brother Kenny Rice; sister Sandra Leonardo; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special friends Matthew and Alex Martini and Steve, Kim and Delainey Gerald. 

A graveside service will be 3:00 PM Thursday at Union Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Jeff Mercer. There will be a visitation in the church fellowship hall (Stewart Building) beginning at 2:00.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Rice family. 

Condolences may be made at


Visitation: August 17, 2023 2:00 pm

Room: Stewart Building

Union Presbyterian Church
2000 Union Church Road
Carthage , NC 28327


Graveside Service: August 17, 2023 3:00 pm

Union Presbyterian Church
2000 Union Church Road
Carthage , NC 28327


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  1. What a great man and great friend. He loved to talk and to joke. He enjoyed visits and phone calls when they came. He constantly stated how much he missed Margie, his late wife. Now it is his turn to be missed.
    Me and my family will certainly miss our good friend Rodney. He was a blessing to us and I’m so glad we got to know him.

  2. I am Rodneys sister and wanted to say thank you to all the amazing people who have been helping my brother in the last few years. He spoke highly of everyone and we were most appreciative.
    Rodney was 11 yrs old than me so we didn’t really know each other well. He left for the Army soon after high school, I was 9 yrs old so we didn’t live together very long. He married a girl he met while in the army, and had two daughters, He was such a great husband and father and cared for his wife Margie up till she passed about 5 yrs ago.
    Rodney had a fun sense of humor and when he and my brother Kenny were together, on the rare occasions, there was a lot of laughter remembering “the good old days” For me that only consisted of the time he backed up a farm tractor and ran over me. I was ok and we would get a big laugh talking about it.
    I wish he and I were not separated by distance and age because he was a really nice guy and I would have loved to have been closer.
    I hope there is a place where he is now reunited with Margie and Donna.
    Your sister Sande

  3. My dad! I called him dad because he treated me like his daughter and I loved him like a dad. This man could love so deeply. He took me under his wing when I needed him. He was a role model of moving on and keeping your head up when things seemed impossible. The love he had for his “Margie” was inspiring. He showed up to holidays at our home and always had sweet cards for us. My husband loved having him around when he was doing house projects even though we had to keep onto him about just watching. Lol. He had the best and sweetest smile. He had a great sense of humor and I loved hearing about his life. Especially about the Hallmark movie (hopeless Romantic) he just watched. I will miss him everyday and now have another hole in my heart. I loved Rodney so very much. There will never be another man like him! One of a kind! I’ll miss ya dad!

  4. Uncle Rodney,
    I am so glad to have you in my life. Thank you for letting my family be part of your. We love you so much.
    Annie, Joey, Bethany and Shaylee

  5. Rodney was a very nice man and will be missed but we know he is happy now he can be with his wife whom he loved and missed so much! Rest in peace!

  6. Rodney and I grew up together in Greenfield,Massachusetts and now we know why the calls were not answered for several months. We just received our 2023 Christmas card back- so went looking for maybe a new address. So sad we just found this out—. We had a lot of good times together as kids and visited each other homes through the years. Our phone calls were very long too, reminiscing about our times together in Greenfield and beyond. Rest in Peace Rodney

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