John Edward Rice was born in St. Augustine, Florida on December 18, 1918. Degrees include a BS from Florida Southern College, a BD from Duke University, and an MA from Atlanta University. He served in World War II and the Korean War.
The author's several lives have included that of minister, science teacher, and storyteller (performing throughout Georgia, Florida, the North Carolina mountains, as well as troop entertainment in the two wars). His stories, though styled as fiction, often reflect elements that he has experienced in the academic world, in early rural life, and in work with people.