Trice Iii., Thomas L.

March 21, 2003

On Monday, March 17, 2003, THOMAS L. TRICE III, who resided at Methodist Manor House, Seaford, and was a retired Preston businessman, former Caroline County Orphans Court judge and World War II veteran, died at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury . He was 89. Born Oct. 9, 1913, he was the son of Thomas L. Trice Jr. and Elma Nichols Trice. He was a lifelong Preston resident. A 1930 graduate of Preston High School, he attended Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore for two years. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served from Oct. 8, 1942 until Dec. 31, 1945 in the Coast Artillery Corps with the 386th AA Battalion. He received his commission from Officers Candidate School at Camp David, N.C., in May 1943 and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. He owned and operated Trice's Store, a local grocery store and laundromat in Preston, for 44 years before retiring in 1976. "Tommy Trice on the Corner" loved his work and his customers were his friends and extended family. Mr. Trice was a master and past master of Nanticoke Lodge #172. He served as a Caroline County Orphans Court judge for 14 years. He was a lifelong member of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Preston. An avid baseball fan, he loved the Orioles. He is survived by his wife, Beulah Beach Trice, also of the Methodist Manor House, whom he married April 13, 1947; a daughter, Louise Trice Perry and her husband, Bruce, of Easton; a son, Thomas L. Trice IV and his wife, Charlotte, of Salisbury; six grandchildren, Katherine L. Perry, Caroline H. Perry, Colin D. Perry, Douglas G. Trice, Andrew M. Trice, and Thomas C. Trice and his wife, Kerri; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler A. F. Trice and Cassidy A. Trice. A sister, Eleanor L. Turnham, and two brothers, James N. Trice and F. Winfield Trice, are deceased. A Funeral Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Preston. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service. A private burial will be held Monday at the Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery at Beulah. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethesda United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Preston, Md. 21655, to Preston Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 44, Preston, Md. 21655, or to a favorite charity. Arrangements are by Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, Federalsburg.

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