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Elmer “Mickey” Rice, 68, of Great Mills died Oct. 8, 2012.

Born April 5, 1944, in Baltimore, he was the son of Annie “Leona” Walton and John Rice.

When he was 16, he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam and traveling throughout the United States and Europe before retiring in 1980. For the next 20 years, he worked in civil service before fully retiring in 2000.

In 1976, he met his future wife while serving in England. They married two years later.

He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his wife, Victoria “Vicky” Rice; aunts, Dorothy Thomas, June Brown and Gloria Paul; children, Karlen Bush, Rhonda Rice, Leslie Harriel (Rodney), Ricky Rice (Lynette), Rashaad Rice, Reggie Rice, Shavsha Robinson (Avery) and Sergio Kentish (Tracy); sister, Joanne Marshall; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; 11 grandchildren, Jared, Damon, Chris, Raven, Bria, Taylor, Anthony, Keon, Khalon, Katima and Avery-Elise; and many other relatives, “family” and friends.

He put his spare time to good use. He always was willing to try new things, especially in the kitchen because he loved to cook. He enjoyed repairing bicycles and exploring the newest exciting business venture.

What gave him the most joy, however, was “adopting” kids of all circumstances, taking them under his wing and mentoring them toward success. His door was always open. He took a great amount of pride in coaching. He will be remembered for his hospitable, giving and willing spirit. He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home chapel in Mechanicsville.