Edwin S. Rice, Sr.

June 16, 1928 - January 12, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: January 21, 2017

A Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 68 High St., in Sanford. A Reception will follow at 47 High St., where there is also extra parking for those attending the service.

Edwin S. Rice, Sr., 88, of Sanford, went to be with the Lord and Savior in the morning of January 12, 2017, with his family by his side.

Edwin was born in Pembroke on June 16, 1928 the son of Harry and Madeleine (Clark) Rice. Edwin served in the US Army from 1952 – 1954 and was very proud serve his county.

In 1968 Edwin entered Glen Cove Bible College in Glen Cove, Maine and pastored at the Clark Island Baptist Church while he was attending college. Following graduation in 1970, Edwin pastored the Steuben Union Church for two years before going to the Mission Field in Wanipigow, Manitoba, Canada until 1980.

Edwin returned to his beloved Pembroke where he opened Pembroke Auto Body for nine years. He was well respected for his talents and attention to the fine details of his work. After he finished the job it was hard to tell where the fender had been dented! During this time, Edwin was an interim pastor for several years. In 1989, Ed closed his shop and moved to Florida where he resided for ten years.

In 1999, Ed moved to Palermo and pastored the Weeks Mills Baptist Church until 2006 when his Alzheimer’s forced him to resign and he moved to Sanford to be near his daughter, Darlene Burns. While Ed was not working or ministering to his congregations, he loved watching the school basketball and volleyball games. He was most fulfilled and content spending time with his church family. Ed has now entered into eternal rest.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy (Brown) Rice and his six children, Ginny Kinney, Darlene Burns, Brian Rice, Sr., Mary Hamrick, Philip Rice and Edwin Rice, Jr. He also had 18 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren with “one on the way” and three great-great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Pastor Edwin’s life will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 68 High St., in Sanford. There will be a reception following the service at 47 High St where there is extra parking for those attending the service.

In lieu of flowers, Pastor Ed asked for donations to be made to the Sanford Christian Academy, 62 High St., Sanford, ME 04073 for their new gymnasium fund.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

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