John Thomas Rice, Jr

John Thomas Rice, Jr, 35, of Simpsonville passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2023.  Born in Greenville, he was a son of John Thomas Rice and Deborah DeShields Rice.

John was a network engineer for Prisma Health in Greenville.  He was a foodie and an avid online gamer and streamer.  John was an Eagle Scout and shared leadership skills learned there to mentor his co-workers.

He was also known for his quirky sense of humor.

In addition to his parents, John is survived by his brother, Jason Rice of Piedmont; maternal grandparents, Dick and Sandra DeShields; and a very large extended family.

John was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Vera DeShields and his paternal grandparents, Ossie and Mary Rice.

A Memorial Service will be held at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital in the Medical Staff Auditorium on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 beginning at 10:30 am.

The family wants to thank the staff at Carolina Dermatology, Wade Hampton Fire Department, EMS, and Greenville Memorial Emergency Medical Staff for their efforts to revive John.

Condolences to the family of John Thomas Rice, Jr

  • Gene and Kerry Spitzer
    10 months ago

    Tom, Deborah, and Jason, Please accept Gene’s and my condolences and prayers. May God strengthen you and sustain you.

  • Kenny Weirich
    10 months ago

    I am sorry for your loss. I worked with John at Prisma Health and it’s been an honor to be his colleague. He was so knowledgeable in our profession and was always so open to help others out. I am relatively new to Prisma and the networking field but John made working with Prisma so enjoyable anytime I had a question or didn’t understand anything he was there to help. He will be truly missed and again I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Donna Spigner
    10 months ago

    My sincere condolences to John’s family. I worked with John at Prisma Health. I am in the Midlands and John was always so helpful and responsive when I needed information. He will be missed by many on the Network team and other teams, as well. My heart goes out to all of John’s friends and family during this difficult time. My prayers are with you all.

  • Ann & George Friedel
    10 months ago

    Tom, Deborah, and Jason, Sending our sincere condolences and prayers for peace.

  • Mark and Sallie Eisengrein
    10 months ago

    Tom, Deborah and Jason,
    We are so very sorry. Our hearts go out to you. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Sara, Maddy & Russell
    10 months ago

    We are very sorry for the loss of John. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Robin Gadd-Lane
    10 months ago

    Deborah, Jason and Tom there are no words to express how difficult this is and my condolences go out to you all. John was such a great person, who was always willing to jump in to help my teams and me with any network issues. His smile and laughter always made hard days easier. I know the network team all loved him as he was such a mentor and team player. I can easily recall many times his willingness to stay late to help get something fix. He was one of the best and his kindness will always be remembered. He is truly missed.

  • Jim Snuggs
    10 months ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. John was a pleasure to work with – always optimistic, helpful and joyful. I can still hear his laugh. John will be missed.

  • Derek Larsen
    10 months ago

    Tom, Deborah, and Jason, so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with John and respected his thorough, insightful help. He is and will continue to be missed. My thoughts and prayers to y’all.

  • Kathleen Anderson
    10 months ago

    Deborah, Tom, and Jason,

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! John was a joy to work with! I miss him and will continue to miss his smiling face!

  • Denise & Ric Wilson
    10 months ago

    Tom, Deborah and Jason we are sending you our deepest sympathy. We will keep you in prayer and hope that memories will be blessing.

  • Charlene Allen
    10 months ago

    Deborah I am so sorry to hear this. I know your heart is broken. I pray for you and your family, that God will wrap His arms around you and that you will feel His presence in a mighty way.

  • Greg Francis
    10 months ago

    I remember the first time John and I met, we immediately hit it off since we both had common interests and talked about video games for like 30 minutes! He was easy to talk to, funny, and just one of those people you could tell was a good soul. We would continue to talk about our favorite games among other things over the years and just overall had a good relationship with him. His early departure is something I’ll never understand and I am so sorry this has happened to your family. John will truly be missed.

  • Tim Robinson
    10 months ago

    Deborah and John, I am so sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed chatting with John every time our paths happened to cross. He was such a bright and kind young man, I know you were both proud of. My prayers are with you both.

  • Tim Robinson
    10 months ago

    Deborah, I am so sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed chatting with John every time our paths happened to cross. He was such a bright and kind young man, I know you were both proud of. My prayers are with you both.

  • Shellie Manfre
    10 months ago

    Deborah
    My heart breaks for you and the loss of your son, John. John was an outstanding young man in every way. You, Tom and Jason are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Barbara Stout
    10 months ago

    Deborah we are so sorry for your loss. We know how much you enjoyed John being with you. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.

  • Our prayers of sympathy are with you all.

  • TINSLEY JOANNA
    10 months ago

    Our condolences to you Tom, Deborah, and family. We got to know Thomas (as we called him) through scouting. We will be lifting you up in prayer as you all travel through the grieving process.
    John, Joanna, Clay and Ben and Lauren Tinsley

  • So sorry to hear Tom! He was such a kind special guy. Prayers for y’all.

  • Venice McCall
    10 months ago

    Deborah,
    I am so sorry about your son’s passing.
    God bless you and your family.

  • Stan Long
    10 months ago

    Tom, Deborah and family.

    I am so sorry for your loss. John was a blessing to me and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work closely with him the last 3 years. He will be greatly missed. I pray God will bless and comfort you.

  • Audrey Edwards
    10 months ago

    Tom and Deborah,

    John was such a kind and talented young man. His death reminds us all of how precious life is and to savor every moment. I pray you find peace and comfort in knowing that John was highly regarded for his skills, gentle nature and kind hearted spirit. Please know we are all praying for you in this difficult time.

  • Jeanette Hart
    10 months ago

    I am extremely sad to hear of John’s passing. Sending my deepest condolences to John’s family during this challenging time. We wish you much peace and comfort. Jeanette (IT Prisma)

  • Linda Sharp
    10 months ago

    Sorry, For your loss Tom and Deborah, I worked with both of you for years and remember having discussions about Thomas since he was the same age as my son. I hope God’s love will help heal you.

  • Tammy Baber
    10 months ago

    I did not know John but my heart breaks for his family. I work with Deborah and cant even imagine the pain the family is experiencing. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Deborah and Tom,
    I’m so very sorry for the loss of John. He was such a great guy and I know you were proud of the young man he had become. Thank you for sharing him with us. He will be missed. Sending you love as you try to get through this pain.

  • David Counts
    10 months ago

    Deborah,
    Words can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you with his loving arms.

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    May peace be with the families and friends during this time.

  • Amy Murphy
    10 months ago

    Praying for the family, may God give you all peace and comfort that only he can provide!

  • Julian Bartley
    10 months ago

    Tom, Deborah and Jason,
    I am still in shock that John is gone. He was such a good man, kind, soft spoken and so good at what he did. I know the folks at work will miss him and none of us will forget him.
    I pray that God’s grace and tender mercies will comfort you in the coming days.

  • Frances Swartz
    10 months ago

    Tom and Deborah, We are so sorry for your loss. I remember fondly our days at Covenant when our son John Craig and Thomas were friends. I remember teaching them pioneer club and watching them play on the playground. May God give you peace and strength at this time.

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