Stuart “Riceman” Lee Rice, 52, of Manvel, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Pearland, Texas. He was born on October 13, 1965, in Freeport, Texas to Paul Lee and Marlyn Herman Rice. Stuart graduated in 1984 from Anahuac High School and was in the top ten of his class. While in high school, he played football and baseball. Stuart was also named district MVP for varsity baseball. He attended Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas), where he was a brother in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Stuart proudly served his county during the Gulf war in the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Stuart was a great student of history and proud of his Unit’s heritage. To honor the Screaming Eagles of WWII he and his squad of soldiers shaved their hair into ‘Mohawks’ for the invasion of Iraq. For his actions in combat, he was awarded a Bronze Star. Stuart spent seven years with the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office after his time in the US Army. Like many veterans, Stuart was deeply affected by 9/11. Immediately after 9/11, Stuart began working for the US Government as a high threat security specialist. In this capacity, Stuart was able to utilize his skills, training, and natural ability to lead other men by example, Will, and character to contribute to the Global War on Terror. For over 17 years, Stuart dedicated his professional life to the US Government. During these years he provided both low and high profile individual protection to government personnel in high threat and austere environments. Stuart was an integral part of the development of strategic and tactical procedures and policies related to worldwide protective support of high-risk operations. His actions directly contributed to saving the lives of U.S. and coalition personnel serving overseas. Stuart was a warrior and a soldier. Stuart was a patriot.
Stuart was very loyal, adventurous and courageous. He was always full of laughter, the life of the party and the king of one-liners. Stuart was also a mentor to many in various ways. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Anahuac.
Stuart was an avid scuba diver who loved traveling to tropical destinations, so he could enjoy the beauty of the underwater world. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and working hard on his property. But his greatest passion of all was spending time with his family whom he adored. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Stuart was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Aline and Russell Herman and paternal grandparents, Amos and Thelma Rice. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 26 years, Missy Rice; his children Taylor Rice and Madison Rice; his parents Paul and Marlyn Rice of Anahuac; his brother Stephen Rice of Anahuac; his mother-in-law Sherry Owings; his brothers-in-law Randall Garner and Darrell Owings and wife Tiw; his sisters-in-law Andrea Rice, Terry Garner and Dana Guidry and husband Curtis; his nephews Nicholas Rice, Ryan Guidry, Noah Guidry, Kollin Garner and Aaron Owings; and his brothers in arms with whom he served.
A gathering of family and friends will be held beginning at 10am on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at First United Methodist Church of Anahuac, 204 Trinity Street. A celebration honoring Stuart’s life will immediately follow at 11am with Rev. John Johnson officiating. A reception will follow in the Methodist Youth Center at FUMC of Anahuac.