The phone rang early Sunday morning. Caller ID told me the Parental Units were calling. My mother and father are 89 and 90, respectively, so anytime they call early in the morning or very late at night, my heart skips a beat. As I said “hello”, I said a little prayer that all was okay with them.
My father’s gravelly voice greeted me with the news that Roy Rice had passed away on Saturday night.
Mr. Roy has been in pretty good health so his sudden passing was a shock. When one considers Roy Rice turned 102 years old this past August, though, each day has been a blessing for him and his loved ones for the better part of the last quarter century.
Roy Rice is one of several local icons whose voices have been silenced this year by eternity’s call. The obituary column overflows each week with the names of those whose legacies will be felt for years to come by their loved ones left to mourn and remember. Their lives are important because of the impact they had on their friends, families, and associates.