A Time to be Born
Jerome “Jerry” Rice was born into time on May 3,1940 to William and Lillian Rice in Chicago, Illinois to whom both preceded him in death.
A Time to Plant
Jerome was educated in Chicago, Illinois at A.O.Sexton Elementary School. He later graduated from Chicago Vocational High School in 1958. Jerome immediately entered the work force as a butcher at A&P Grocery store. Then began his true love as a bus driver for South Suburban Bus Line in 1966 before joining Greyhound in the 1972. Jerome drove for Greyhound for the next 30 years before retiring in 2003. Jerome continued his passion as a bus driver driving for Thornton Township for another 8 years.
Jerome accepted Christ into his life at an early age and was later baptized by Reverend Morris Gordon at his first church Angelic Baptist Church. Jerome continued to follow Christ under the guidance of his long time friend Reverend Morris Gordon at Parkway Garden Christian Church and then to Liberty Baptist Church.
A Time to Embrace
Jerome was affectionately known as “Daddy” and “PaPa” by his children and grandchildren. He had a heart of gold. Reaching out to others was natural to him. PaPa was a great man, father and grandfather. PaPa loved cars, he could tell you anything about a car especially how many horse powers it had. PaPa was a proud father of 5 beautiful children: Celestine, Lamont, Tamicka, India and Jerilyn
A Time to Love
Jerome was united in holy matrimony to Beatrice Gardner. God blessed this marriage and to this union one child was born: Celestine Rice. Jerome also co parented with Shirley Amos (Lamont), Sarah Green (Tamicka), Addie Mae Tanzy (India and Jerilyn).
A Time to Mourn
Jerome was born into eternity on April 13, 2018. He leaves to cherish his loving children; Celestine Fields Chicago, IL, Lamont Amos Katie, TX , India Rice Houston, TX, Tamicka (Bobby)Seaward Lilburn, GA and Jerilyn Bledson West Lafayette, IN. grandchildren; Jerohn, Nathan, Malik, Paris, Faith, Tierra, Terohn, Amya, Jerry, D’evon, Lamanda and Addie great grandchildren; Jerrion, D’evion and Nathaniel Jr.and a host of other friends and family
11 Timothy 4:7-8
‘I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up
For me a crown of righteousness,
Which the Lord, the
Righteous judge, shall give me
At that day: and not to me only,
But unto all them also that love his appearing”
Chicago, IL 60649
Chicago, IL 60649
Dolton, IL 60419