LAKELAND, Ga. -- Robert "Bob" Rice, 83, of Naylor, Ga., passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016, at Select Speciality Hospital in Tallahassee, Fla.

He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Stone Creek, to the late Wayne and Sara (Wassem) Rice.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he dedicated over 21 years of his life and was a Korean War Veteran.

After completing his active duty in the military, he entered the JC Penny managerial program. During this time he discovered that education was his true calling. He started attending Valdosta State College where he also worked in the GACIS program. At Valdosta State College, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. After graduation he taught high school history. He then earned his M.S.Ed and Ed.S. in public school administration. He began his administrative career in Ray City. He then returned to Lanier County where he served as principal of every school in the county school system. He worked for over 24 years in the education system, where he retired as a public school administrator for the Lanier County Board of Education.

After his retirement he served on the Lanier County Board of Education. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor teaching and supervising student teachers. Mr. Bob was an active member of the Lakeland United Methodist Church, Methodist Men's Club, Lakeland Masonic Lodge 434, Commander of the Disabled American Veterans and was past president of the Lanier County Lions Club. He also served as the first director of the Flatlander Park where he planned many softball tournaments to raise funds to build the first concession stand and expand the park.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Cynthia Rice of Naylor, Ga.; daughters and son-in-law, Kay and Mickey Fourakers of Naylor, Ga., Robyn Keller of Teeterville, Ga.; son, Bob Rice of Naylor, Ga.; grandchildren, Bert Fourakers (Kelly), Kristie Andrews (Travis), Ashley Rice, Hunter Rice and MaryGrace Keller; great-grandchildren, Owen Andrews and Avie Andrews; sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Paul Grossman of Columbus; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was blessed with family and friends who loved him. He loved God, Church, Country, Community and Family. His was a life well lived.

Funeral services were Friday, April 15, 2016, at the Lakeland United Methodist Church, Lakeland, Ga., with burial to follow in the Unity United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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Music Funeral Services of Lakeland, Ga., is serving the family.