John Burbin Rice was born June 23, 1886. He became a member of the Bracewell Reunion when he married "Aunt Tump". Bracewell in 1938, and was one of the strongest supporters of the reunion for the rest of his life. "Uncle Burb", as he was affectionately known, was a friend to all. To Raymond and me he was a real father since our Dads had both passed on, but my most cherished memory is the dear grandfather that he was to my children, who had no other granddaddy. He was "the tops" to them. He died January 14, 1969, and is survived by his widow, Mrs. Myrtie Smoot Rice to whom he was married on February 6, 1964; three sons, three daughters, and five step-children.

BE IT RESOLVED, that this be entered on our regular record, and a copy of this Resolution , along with an expression of our sorrow, be sent to his wife and family.

Mary Bracewell



Iola Rites Held for J.B. Rice, Retired Farmer

John B. Rice, 83, of Bedias died January 14 in Navasota, Texas.

Funeral services were held January 15 at Enon Baptist Church, Iola, at 4 pm. Masonic rites were said at graveside.

The Rev. Jackie R. Corbitt, pastor of the Baptist Church, Sanger Avenue, Waco, conducted the funeral service. He was assisted by the rev. J. S. Shepard, paster of Enon Baptist Chruch. 

Mr. Rice was born on June 23, 1886, at Iola, to W. M. and Annie Stutts Rice.

He was a retired farmer.

Mr. Rice, or "Uncle Burb" as he was sometimes called, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtie Rice; doughters, Mrs. Ruby Middleton, Mrs. Anna Bell Allen and Mrs. Mary Collins of Houston; sons, W.C. (Doc) Rice, Houston, Monroe Rice, Pasadena, Wilbur Rice, Lake Charles, Louisiana; brothers, J.E. and D.E. Rice of Fort Worth.

Also, five step-childresn, Raymond, Ruby and Jewel Bracewell, Retha Morse and Melvin Smoot; 16 grand children and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Interment was in Concord Cenetery with funeral arrangements through J.M. Day Funeral Home of Madisonville.

Pall bearers were Sam Roberson, Ray James, Melvin Nevill, Emory McDuffie, Sam McWorter and Tom Fitsginbbons.


A Lasting Record of the Funeral and Obituary Notice Published in THE MADISONVILLE METEOR, Jan 1969