The Rev. Alva Daniel Tice, 91, a retired Elder died July 14, 2017, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. A memorial service was held July 22 at Mt. Olive Brethren Church in McGaheysville, Va. Interment is at the Mountain Valley United Methodist Church cemetery.
Alva Daniel “A.D.” Tice was born May 23, 1926, in Boynton, Pa., to Simon and Naomi Yoder Tice. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, Va., received a BA from Frostburg State College and an MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary.
He and Rebecca Townsend Tice were married in 1944. They had four children.
He served as an ordained minister for 58 years in Mennonite, United Methodist and Brethren churches. In the Baltimore-Washington Conference, his appointments included Emmanuel in Cumberland, 1965-1972; and First UMC in Bradbury Heights, 1972-1981. He then pastored Washington Square in Hagerstown, 1981-1984, and Francis Asbury in Berkeley Springs, W. Va., from 1984 until March 1988, when he took a leave of absence. He retired in 1988.
Tice was a lifelong learner, including as a student of philosophy, politics and classical music. He was an eager traveler and a lively historian, regaling all who would listen to his entertaining, poignant and sometimes humorous ancestral stories reaching back to the early 1800s. He was an active member in Lions Clubs, serving as past chapter President at Massanutten, where he resided at his beloved Bergenheim for the last 22 years of his life prior to an 8-month stay at Avante Nursing Home.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Rebecca Tice, and four children: A. Daniel Tice and his wife Paula Douglass of Bruceton Mills, W.Va.; the Rev. H. Kent Tice and his wife, the Rev. JoAnne Alexander of Charles Town, W.Va.; Patrima Tice of Alexandria, Va.; and Rebecca Tice of Falls Church, Va. In addition, he is survived by seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made in Rev. Tice’s name to any of the churches he served.
In the final year of his life, Alva Tice told many people, “I’m ready to go. I’m not in a hurry but I’m ready.”