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Harold Max Rice

Sunday, September 12, 2021
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Harold Max Rice went to be with our Lord and Savior on September 8, 2021.

Harold was born on August 17, 1934, in Alto, Texas, to Claude and Vera Deloris (Pete) Rice. Harold joined the Dallas Police Department on October 2, 1959. In 1972 Sgt. Rice was honored as the Officer of the Month, being nominated by his men. Harold proudly served the city of Dallas for 27 years. In February of 1987 Harold retired from his position as Sergeant of Detectives within the Homicide Division. Harold then joined the Dallas and Ellis County Sheriffs Offices and finished his law enforcement career with a total of 45 years in uniform.

Harold married his love Jacquie Manry on July 8, 1961. The couple joyfully celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past July.

Harold and Jacquie moved to Ennis in 1969 and have spent decades actively engaged in many local civic organizations. Harold enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, gardening, and playing golf. Harold was an active member of Tabernacle Baptist Church for 52 years. Everyday Harold could be heard whistling, humming, or singing his favorite gospel tune.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Vera Deloris Rice, brothers Claude Morris, Rayford, and James David Rice, his sister Janice Chapman, daughter Sharon Steahle, and grandson Christopher Shearer. He is survived by his wife, Jacquie, daughter Ragina Shearer, and son Dav Rice and his husband Darren Stover. Grandchildren Miranda Hofstad and her husband Brian, Nathan Shearer (Paige Turner), Ashley Boothe and her wife Raycham, and Christy Steahle. Harold was richly blessed by his twelve great-grandchildren: Hallie, Shawn, Olivia Max, Colten, Malaki, Anna Kate, Colten, Damien, Anders, Rayley, Eleanor, Kaden, and Asher. Harold is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews of those Randy and Phyllis Brumley reside locally in Ennis. Harold Max will always be remembered and deeply missed.

A celebration of his life and his service to his community will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 2pm at J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis. Rev. Bob Thomas of Tabernacle Baptist with officiate and Dallas Police Department will provide an honor guard.