Charles Junior Rice, 56, retired MTA bus driver Charles...

January 06, 2001

Charles Junior Rice, 56, retired MTA bus driver

Charles Junior Rice, retired Mass Transit Administration bus driver who was active in his local NAACP, died Wednesday of a heart attack at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Sykesville resident was 56.

Mr. Rice had retired last year from the MTA, where he had driven buses for 32 years. At the time of his retirement, he was assigned to the transit administration's Carroll Park Shops division. He began his career in 1968, working for the old Baltimore Transit Company.

Born in Emporia, Va., Mr. Rice later moved to South Baltimore and graduated from Southern High School in 1963. He worked at manufacturing and delivering caskets before joining the MTA.

He was married in 1962 to the former Patricia Elaine Creek, who survives him. He was a past president of the Carroll County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a member of the Piney Run Recreation Council and the Sykesville-South Carroll Rotary Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church, Hamburg and Scott streets, in Baltimore.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Kenneth A. Rice of Sykesville and Steven J. Rice of Baltimore; a daughter, Sharla V. Rice-Moore of Baltimore; four brothers, Raymond Price of Baltimore, Richard Wyche of Newark, N.J., Ernest Wyche of Chesterfield, Va., and George Rice of Richmond, Va.; three sisters, Dorothy Jones of Baltimore, Rosa Pearson of Newark, N.J., and Doris Rice of Hackensack, N.J.; and 11 grandchildren.

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