1884 - 1942 (58 years)
||Lorrie Rice |
||27 May 1884
||20 Sep 1942
||Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama
||Oak Hill Cemetery, Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama
- Lorrie Rice also was known as "Buddy" Rice--for some unknown reason. From all accounts, Lorrie and his mother were very close. Apparently, he was the apple of her eye. I have some correspondence from her to him while he was employed in Montgomery Alabama.
He had a checkered career: he was a wanderer, a rake, a midnight rambler, a rounder, a gambler, and, above all, a gentlemen. He enjoyed the sporting life and the good life. In the early years, he was very successful and was heavily involved in the Alabama political scene. He was the first Fire Marshal for the state of Alabama and was a very close friend of the Mayor of Montgomery until this friendship ended in a very public disagreement. Rumors were that a woman was involved. I recall the family occasionally discussing this time period but I was too young to care. The photo from Hot Springs, Arkansas says it all.
During his mother's life time, Lorrie gave her lavish gifts such as expensive china and silver sets. I inherited her china coffee service and her chocolate service as well as a partial set of her dinner ware. God only knows how it all survived this long as they were probably purchased during the late 1890's.
Most of the above information was given to me by Nina Rice, the wife of Norton Rice. My aunt Nina was a big fan of my father. She regaled me with stories of the times that Lorrie had taken her and his mother, Lousia, to fancy private clubs in Montgomery
From my point of view, he was a real stickler about teaching proper manners and the social graces to a young man. He believed very strongly that a young man should learn how to conduct himself as a Southern gentleman. Many was the time he would correct me, always referring to what his mother had taught him and using her as his example.
Louisa was very successful with her son, but I'm afraid she would categorize her grandson as a total failure.
Lorrie Rice was a very private individual. He rarely discussed his life, and I don't think anyone in the family, including his wife, ever knew much about him--especially nothing of any of his travels and exploits, either good or bad. The period during WWI was never mentioned. Although family speculation has him involved in some intelligence function. But Lorrie never discussed this time period and avoided all questions regarding it. I have found where he registered for the draft along with his brother Guy.
He was widely traveled and did tell me that he had been to all 48 states. At one time, as the saying goes, he "Read Law" with a state official. But he never practiced law.
If the truth be known, I really did not know my father.
--from his son, Lorrie Sam Rice
||27 May 2014 |
||James Daniel Rice, b. 16 Aug 1844, Alabama , d. 17 Jul 1918, Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama (Age 73 years) |
||Louisa Missouri Zeigler, b. 19 Feb 1847, Autauga County, Alabama , d. 28 Jan 1910, Autauga County, Alabama (Age 62 years) |
||22 Aug 1865
||Autauga County, Alabama
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
1884 - 1942