Sam Rice, 84, of New Blaine passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Fort Smith. He was born on August 23, 1929 in Paris to his parents, Harley Rice and Mary (Zeiler) Rice. He was a retired business man, Chief Mine Inspector for the State of Arkansas, a member of St. Scholastica Catholic Church and a World War II Army veteran.

Sam is preceded in death by Martha Rice, his wife of 59 years and his parents Harley and Mary Rice.

Sam is survived by one son, Mike Rice and wife Julie of Springdale, Arkansas and four grandchildren: Alex Rice, Erika Curiel, Lillie Haddock and Benjamin Haddock.

Rosary was held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in New Blaine.

Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 31, 2014 at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in New Blaine with Fr. Leonard Wangler O.S.B. officiating. Burial was in St. Scholastica Catholic Cemetery in New Blaine under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Online guestbook at

Pallbearers were Randy McChristian, Ken Lensing, Dennis Lensing, Leonard Lensing, Darian Layes and Steve Layes. Honorary Pallbearers were the members of East Logan County Water Board.

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