WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - James "Jim" Elton Rice, a longtime resident of White Plains, died Dec. 1 at the age of 81.
The former Assistant Deputy of Operations in Public Works for Westchester County, Rice started the first community center for teens in White Plains called the Cola House.
He was born on Sep. 1, 1930 in Kuttawa, Ky. and lived most of his adult life in White Plains. Rice served in Air Force during the Korean War and once played for the NY Giants.
Rice was also the former superintendent of solid waste for the village of Scarsdale. He owned two businesses and acted as an environmental consultant. A member of Ridgeview Congregational Church, Rice was a founding member of the Presbyterian Jazz Club. His greatest joys were his family, church, jazz and the Kentucky Derby.
He is survived by children Belinda, Jerry, Melba, Yolanda, Aleta, Darron and Lorenzo, his brother Henry (Virginia) Rice, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Toretha Benberry Rice in 2008.
Friends may call at Ballard-Durand Funeral Home in White Plains on Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at Ridgeview Congregational Church in White Plains, with viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. and a service at 11 a.m.
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