MT. VERNON — —
Earl Rice Jr. went home to God on Feb. 23, 2013, at the age of 82, at St. John's Hospital.
Earl was born on Oct. 15, 1930, in Mt. Vernon, to Ernestine Rice and Earl Berry, Sr.
He graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School and attended Langston University in Oklahoma. He was a member of Pavey Chapel CME in Mt. Vernon. He was a member of the U.S. armed services and served in the Korean War. Mr. Rice retired from a 30 year career at Commonwealth Edison in 1991.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Rice; seven children; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at Zion Missionary Baptist Church , 1601 E. Laurel St., Springfield.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. with service time from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Walker Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.