Ruben Ray Rice, 57, of Hixson, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. He was born Oct. 10, 1955 in Rhea County to the late Ernest and Sarah (Steel) Rice. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers John Rice and Clifford Rice.He was raised in Rhea County and had lived in Hixson for many years. He was employed as a welder with Cannon Equipment in Chattanooga for 34 years.Ray is survived by his wife of 34 years Ruby (Rothwell) Rice, of Hixson; sons Chris Rice and Chad Rice, both of Chattanooga; two brothers Cecil Rice, of Soddy Daisy and Archie Rice, of Bledsoe County; four sisters Deanna Messimer, Betty Rice, Sissie Bunch and Evelyn Newell all of Dayton and two grandsons, Cody Rice and Logan Rice, both of Chattanooga.Funeral services for Ray will be held today at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Cranmore Cove Cemetery.Please share your memories of Ray on his on-line guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.The family is being served by the Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton where they will receive friends today after 10 a.m.