A Time to be Born
Janice Ann Rice was born March 5, 1953, the only child of the late James and Laura Rice. She grew up in the Smithfield area of Birmingham.
A Time to Live
As a teenager, Janice attended Peace Baptist Church where she served faithfully with her father. In later years, she joined Sardis Baptist Church where the Rev. Samuel Pettigrew was pastor. After relocating to the Center Point area to live, she then joined Walking on Water Christian Church under the pastoral care of Rev. Dr. Karnie Smith until her passing.
She attended Reed Kindergarten, Brunetta C. Hill Elementary School, and A. H. Parker High School, where she proudly became a member of the “Mighty Thundering Herd” and the Class 1971. Graduating high school, she attended Lawson State Junior College.
She was a hard and dedicated worker. She was employed by Sears and Roebuck Department Store while attending college. She was later employed for the state of Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC Stores) as a clerk and store manager (in several locations) for 25 plus years. While working in this position, she made many acquaintances and friends primarily due to her charming smile, honesty, and outspokenness.
Departing from this state employment position, she changed occupations, first working for T–Mobile, then Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and finally the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department before her health presented many physical disabilities that interrupted her employment.
Janice married her childhood friend, Jimmy Walker in 1972. To this union were born, her greatest possessions, Jimmy Lee Walker, Jr. and Jimmekka Laurice Walker. She loved being their mother and being there for all of their childhood adventures.