Stewart Wayne Rice

March 5, 1960 ~ March 30, 2021 (age 61)


STEWART W. RICE, a long-term resident of Smithsburg, Maryland passed away peacefully at his home on March 30, 2021 surrounded by friends and family. Stewart was well known in the Smithsburg area, and often became a friend to those he encountered. Born in Baltimore, MD in March, 1960, he grew up in Lantz, Maryland more commonly known as the Cascade and Sabillasville area. He was a 1978 graduate of Catoctin high School in Thurmont, Md. Stewart’s employment history started at Raven Rock Campground, Smithsburg, Md and then progressed to Waynesboro Construction and then Martin Construction, Smithsburg. He was a long-term employee at Village Spirits where many customers also became fast friends. His formal employment ended with a job he loved at Action Products in Hagerstown, Maryland where he worked in facility and production maintenance. Stewart also supported and volunteered at the community Free Clinic in Hagerstown, Maryland for many years. Due to health reasons, Stewart was a never able to live his lifelong dream of serving in our nations armed forces. He did however support our country, our troops, and veteran organizations as well as being an avid collector of US military memorabilia. He is survived by his sister Lorri rice, Hagerstown, Maryland, Stanly Rice, Waynesboro, PA and Richard Rice, Jr, Greencastle, PA. Of special note are his two other lifelong “other” brothers of fate and providence that have stood firm in times of glee and adversity, Richard Metzger, Smithsburg, Maryland, and William (Buddy) Summerville, Hagerstown. Stewart was preceded in death by his Grandmother Alta Rice in 1996, his father Richard K. Rice in 1996, and his mother Eleanor Rice in 2018. There will be no funeral services. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. If any are so inclined, Stewart would think it well for donation to be made to Wounded Warrior foundation, or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, both organizations serve the needs of our heroes of the US Military, law enforcement, and other fallen public service hero’s at their families sacrifice and their time of need. Arrangements were made by J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, MD and online condolences may be offered at

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