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Elrod "Red" Atmar Rice
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  • Northbridge Baptist Church
    1160 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“I am sorry to learn of Mr. Rice's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Diane and family. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Sally Williams - Islandton, SC

“Red has been a friend for many years.We shared our faith in God, our love for Clemson and engineering backgrounds. He was as humble as they come and...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Mike Wiggins - Friend

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2To Dianne(John) Grummer and the Rice Family,We are truly sorry to hear about the loss...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Tammy Vaird - James Island, SC

“This is a great loss to me. I was in Sunday school with Red as a teenagers. I was a classmate with him at Clemson ,worked at the shipyard with him...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Rex Singleton - Santee, SC

“I remember 'Red' as a good guy and easy to talk to. He was on the panel that selected me for the Head of Quality Control. I've always been grateful...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Ed Wagner - Coworker

“It has been so many years and yet, the memories are vivid. Newly wed, moving to Charleston so my husband, John, could start his job working for Mr....Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Becki McSwain- Reynolds - SC

“Saddened to hear of Red's passing. Great manager and highly respected throughout the entire shipyard. May GOD bless and comfort all the family. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: CLAY CRANFORD - SMMERVILLE, SC


Elrod "Red" Atmar Rice, 85, of Charleston South Carolina, husband of Ada "Betty" Farr Rice entered into eternal rest Friday, June 19, 2020. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel.

Red was born July 17, 1934 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late Allan P. Rice Sr. and Lucille Elsey Goins Rice.

The following is a portion of the commendation letter that Admiral B. DeMars sent to him upon his retirement in 1991, and sums up his career and accomplishments.
"As a Clemson graduate fresh out of the Air Force, you came to the Naval Shipyard in January 1960 as a mechanical engineer in the Public Works Department. By May of that year, your obvious talent was recognized and you were assigned to the newly formed Nuclear Power Division. From a fledgling engineer in the nuclear fluid systems branch, you progressed rapidly to the head of the branch. You were then assigned to the testing branch where you were a Shift Test Engineer and finally head of the branch. Here you developed controls on testing and plant conditions which became the foundation for current NAVSEA requirements. You were then transferred to head up the radiological engineering branch, where you were instrumental in establishing many radiological engineering practices we still use today. In December 1969, after less than ten years in the shipyard, you became the senior civilian in the Division, the Head Nuclear Engineer. In early 1970, you became Charleston's first and only Nuclear Engineering Manager. The Charleston Shipyard History states that you have "...had a greater influence than any other individual in shaping the course of nuclear propulsion plant work at the yard." Although that is true, your influence on nuclear propulsion plant repair and maintenance standards and practices extends far beyond the boundaries of Charleston Naval Shipyard. Many of the techniques and practices you instituted have become the standards in all the yards."

He was a faithful member of Northbridge Baptist Church for over fifty years and a diehard Clemson Tiger.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty of Charleston, SC; daughter, Diane Grummer (John) of N. Charleston, SC; son Mark Rice (Cindy) of Virginia Beach, VA; three grandchildren: Daniel Grummer, Nathaniel Grummer (Sarah) and Melissa Wacaser (Jarred); two great-grandchildren: Rhett and Anna Grace Wacaser. Red was predeceased by his daughter, Angela Rice Barrow.

Memorials may be made to Northbridge Baptist Church, 1160 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407 or the charity of your choice.