Tahlequah Daily Press

September 25, 2013

Leon Rice


SALINA — Services for Leon Rice, 68, of Tahlequah, will be held at 2 p.m.,Thursday, Sept. 26, at First Baptist Church, Salina. Pastor Kennith Stacy and Charlie Newton will officiate, and burial will follow at Hogan Cemetery, Locust Grove. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Honor Guard will conduct graveside rites.

Services are entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel of Pryor

Leon was born June 26, 1945, in Pryor, to Thurman and Maude (Combs) Rice. He departed this life on Sept. 23, 2013, in Claremore, at the age of 68 years, two months and 28 days.

Leon was a lifetime resident of Mayes County. He moved to Tahlequah in the early 1990s from Chouteau.

Leon was married to Jeanell Davidson on March 17, 1967, in Miami, Okla.; she preceded him in death on Oct. 6, 2010.

He attended the First Baptist Church in Chouteau for many years and recently he was attending Welling General Baptist.

Leon spent most of his life in law enforcement and worked for several local law enforcement agencies. He worked for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Lake Patrol Division and had attained the rank of lieutenant. After retiring from the Lake Patrol, he went to work for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission doing motor vehicle enforcement.

Leon had many different odd jobs throughout the years all to raise four children. One of those included retiring from the Chouteau Fire Department as a captain after 20 years of service.   

Leon was an avid hunter and fisherman. He never met a stranger and loved to spend time with family, especially investing time with his grandkids. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Leon is survived by children Toney Davis and Ellie of Mazie, Janet Hance and husband Neil of Tahlequah, Tommy Davis and wife Charlotte of Salina, and Robin Young and husband Nick of Tahlequah; nine grandchildren Amanda, Toney, Jr., Chad, Lesley, Audra, Dustin, Casey, Amber and Ashlee; 13 great-grandchildren, sisters Lois Messer and husband Larry of Eufaula, Carolyn Engles and husband Pat of Pryor, and Larry Rice and wife Peggy of Claremore; brother-in-law Curtis Owens of Claremore and several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

In addition to his wife Jeanell, Leon was preceded in death by his parents Thurman and Maude Rice, sister Leona Owens and infant brother Donald Rice.

Stephens Memorial Chapel, 1525 NE First St., Pryor, (918) 825-4550.