Nickolas Rice – Mackley

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Nickolas Andrew Rice-Mackley, 14, of Speegleville, passed away Sunday,
February 16, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 PM,
Saturday, February 22, at Speegleville Saddle Club.

Nick was born July 18, 1999. He attended Midway as an 8th grade student. Nick was a great kid who never asked for much more than his favorite army men. He was a typical teenager; he loved ramen noodles, listening to the radio, watching anime, and online gaming. He also enjoyed fishing with his uncle Gene, fixing Wednesday night spaghetti dinners and go-carting with the neighborhood kids. Nick never missed Thursday night wrestling.

Nick usually kept pretty quiet, content to be himself. He enjoyed reading Rick Riordan books. Nick was an animal lover with 3 pets of his own; his dog Lucy, his cat Max, and a turtle named Phoenix.

While Nick’s life was short, it was full of love. So many people loved and cared for him; he will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his birth father, Rodney Burns.

He is survived by his loving parents, Gene and Robin Mackley of Speegleville; his birth mother, Darla Rice of Moody; two brothers, Michael Burns of Bellmead and Matthew Dake of Copperas Cove; one sister, Kristen Barber, also of Moody; step-sister, Meredith Mahan of Waco; as well as many other dear family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made at
any Bank of America location under "Nickolas Rice Funeral Fund".

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Condolence Messages

  1. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, Nickolas. While I was not afforded the opportunity to meet you, I am assured that you are loved and dearly missed. While you may have left this world, you will never be forgotten. You will continue to be loved and missed with each passing day. May God bless you and your family as their mourn your passing.

  2. Brian & Donna Dallas

    We are so very sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you both! Though we were only just beginning to get to know Nick, we were highly impressed by him and his kindness and willingness to pitch in and help around the house, his respectfulness, and his good manners and behavior! We are grateful that we got to meet him, a young man that possessed such wonderful and rare qualities! I know you both must have been so proud!

  3. Although we didn’t have Nickolas in our life but for a short time we loved him dearly. I last saw Nick at our Family Reunion last April in Crawford, he will always be in our hearts and remembered as a sweet,kind,friendly and a handsome young man. RIP my sweet G-Nephew.

  4. My son is a classmate of Nick’s. I am so sorry for you loss. Peace be with you.

  5. We did not know Nickolas, but I want to give my condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray God will be with you guys. God Bless

  6. I miss you and I am sad that you are gone.

  7. Chris & Kyla Leslie

    Gene & Robin, We are so very sorry for your loss and know that you are in our prayers. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do. Love you guys!

  8. I pray for God’s amazing love
    to give you comfort and strength
    in your time of sorrow.

  9. It breaks our heart to know that the world lost such a fine young man. Nick will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him. There isn’t a moment that passes, that Gene, Robin and the whole family aren’t in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace young man, we will see you on other side.

  10. Robin and I would like to thank everybody for their love and support.We will never be able to repay all the kindness.I miss my little guy so much.Try to hug and tell your child you love them everyday Because you never know when they will be gone

  11. Rest in Peace Sweet Boy! I did not know you, but wanted to let you all know that I am very sorry for your loss & I am praying for your family!

  12. Jennifer Kampermann

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Karen and Ken Patterson

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your son, Nickolas. We are diligently praying for you and your family. We are parents of a Midway child (high school) and we want you to know how very, very sorry we are and please know that we are all grieving with you. May God be with you.

  14. Although I did not know Nickolas, I know that he was a valuable child of God who will be missed. The whole community is saddened by the loss of this young man. May we all have great compassion for those suffering & hurting now and for many days and months to come. May God Be With you and the Love of Christ shine down upon you.

  15. My heart aches so very much for you and your family. My daughter is an 8th grader at Midway. She did not know Nick, but is saddened by his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. You are missed, always loved and forever remembered. I thank you for being a friend to Chase and taking the time to play games with him, it meant the world to him to be your little buddy.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. I had Nick in my English class, and I will miss him greatly. He was a kind boy with a big heart that loved to read. Please know that I am praying for you.

  18. Leeann Fortenberry

    Sweet Nick! I did not know you, but have friends that had you in class at Midway. I heard you were such a delightful young man & great student. May you rest in peace. I am praying for your family.

  19. Robin and Gene, I am so sorry to learn of Nicklas death. Please accept my condolences, and prayers. He was so blessed to have you. I always remember you coming to Maynard’s funeral!

  20. My heart aches with you at the loss of your son. Please know so many of us Midway moms are praying for you all, for comfort, for peace and for rest. God will hear our prayers for you!

  21. maya cristal garcia

    you will be missed so much nick, you really will, i remember the first time you moved here to midway in 6th grade with me into my math class and sat right infront of me. you were always pretty quiet but i was always curious about you. you seemed very different from alot of kids and i found you interesting and so i decided to make you my friend the first day i met you. for the three and half years ive known you, youve rode my bus, youve sat near me in atleast one class, and this year we sat next to eachother every class i had you in. now your gone it feels like im missing something. and it feels empty without you. you where such a good person, never caused trouble and was always drawing a plan for battle, it was pretty cool, and you were always reading books and working on something, never bothering anyone always so quiet and you were always nice to me ever since i met you. I appreciate that very much thank you for all the time and memories, you will be loved and missed.

  22. Michael McFetridge

    I met Nick when he was a little guy about the time that he first moved with Gene and Robin. I can’t begin to say how saddened I am for the loss of not my friend, but of a member of my family. My prayers and thoughts go out to my friends, my family Gene and Robin. May God give you strength and mercy to get through this and may Gods arms hold you Nick until we meet again. – Michael

  23. Miranda Clements

    My son Ryan was a classmate of Nickolas. My heart dropped when we heard of your loss. Nickolas sounded like such a sweet typical teenaged boy. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  24. My son is a classmate of Nick’s. We all have been praying for you all. God bless you!

  25. My son Mason was a friend of Nick’s. Our family has been praying for you all this week. Please know that the Midway community is grieving with you. God Bless.

  26. We are so incredibly sorry for your loss I have a daughter in 8th grade also and we all share in the deepest sympathy.

  27. Praying for Gods strength and comfort for the family of Nickolas in this extremely sad hard time.

  28. I am so sorry for your loss. My daughter Jaci had class with Nickolas and enjoyed being friends with him. Our prayers are with the family at this very sad time.

  29. we are so very sorry. We meet nickolas at our reunion last year.Rene York invited him so he could get to know his other family.I am his great aunt.

  30. Dear Family,
    We are saddened by the loss of your son. Our grandson went to school with Nick and told us of his death. We, too, recently lost a son (Dec. 23); so I know firsthand the pain you are going through. Please accept our condolences and our prayers are that God will grant you peace.

  31. My son Dylan ate lunch with Nick nearly every day last year at school. They did not have classes or lunch together this year. Please accept my deepest sympathies. I cannot pretend to understand the pain of losing a child but your family has been in my constant thoughts this week.

  32. Our hearts go out to your family over your devastating loss. I have a child in middle school who was in art with Nickolas. Words cannot adequately express our deepest sympathies. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

  33. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through right now, all I can do is extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. My son is a 7th grader at Midway and you don’t know me but please know that there are many people holding your family in their hearts during this excruciating time.

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