Rice, John Brent
Nashville Tennessean

December 9, 1929


Son of Former Prison Warden Succumbs to Long Illness.

John Brent Rice, 33 years old, veteran of the World War and son of the late Mart Rice, political leader and former warden at the state penitentiary under Governor Al. R. Patterson, died Monday, morning after an Illness of more than a year, resulting from an automobile accident in Detroit. His health had been steadily on a decline since the accident and little hope had been held for his recovery

Funeral services will be held from the Wiles Brothers and Cotton Funeral Home this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with Dr. W. F. Powell In charge. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mr. Rice had a large circle of friends In Nashville and shortly before the accident, which resulted in his death, had been active as an automobile salesman here. For a number of years he had been In business in Detroit, to which city he returned to make his home more than a year ago.

Mr. Rice enlisted in the army in June, 1918, at Fort Thomas, Ky., and was transferred almost immediately to Camp Jackson, S. C., where he served with the Eighth Regiment, Field Artillery. On November 11 he had boarded the steamship Kroonland with his regiment for overseas service, but sailing orders were cancelled because of the cessation of hostilities. He served with the rank of sergeant and was discharged later at Camp Taylor.

Pallbearers at the funeral today were: Dr. Brent St. John, Alex Allen, George Taylor, Thomas Tolbert, Vance Tate and Newbern Hayes, Jr.

Surviving Mr. Rice are his mother, Mrs. Laura E. Rice, and the following brothers and sisters, Horton, A. J., Dave, Baxter, Marshall, Mary, Nell and Sara Rice, all of Nashville.