Rev. Alva "A.D."'s Story

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HARRISONBURG, Va. Alva Daniel Tice's body, aged 91, died on Friday, July 14, 2017, in Harrisonburg. He was born on May 23, 1926, in Boynton, Pa., to Simon and Naomi Yoder Tice. A.D. graduated from Eastern Mennonite (High) School (Harrisonburg), Frostburg State College (BA) (Maryland) and Wesley Theological Seminary (MDiv) (Washington, D.C.) He served as an ordained minister for 58 years in Mennonite, United Methodist and Brethren churches.
In addition to being renowned for his eloquent words, his thought-provoking sermons and his compassionate pastoral care, the Rev. Tice was a lifelong learner (a student of philosophy, politics and classical music among many other things), 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 eight-month stay at Avante Nursing Home.
Throughout his life and ministry, Alva was constantly supported and is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Rebecca Tice (formerly Townsend), originally of Masontown, Pa. He will be greatly missed by their four children, A. Daniel Tice (and wife Paula Douglass) of Bruceton Mills, W.Va.; H. Kent Tice (and wife JoAnne Alexander) of Charles Town, W.Va.; Patrima Tice of Alexandria, Va.; and Rebecca Tice of Falls Church, Va. He is survived by seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his younger sister, Evelyn Jost of Harrisonburg, and numerous nieces and nephews and their children, with whom he maintained many cherished relationships.
In addition to his parents, the Rev. Tice was preceded in death by his sisters Catherine Tice of Harrisonburg, Verna Mae Miller of Chesapeake, and Elva Kornhaus Yoder of Sarasota, Fla.
The family will receive friends at Kyger Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017. The memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Mt. Olive Brethren Church, 2977 Pineville Road, McGaheysville, Va. All in attendance are warmly invited to remain at the church fellowship hall for a light lunch and to share informal remembrances of their friend, relative and pastor.
Interment will be at the Mountain Valley United Methodist Church cemetery prior to the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made in the 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." His family celebrates the life we were so privileged to share and rejoices that Alva Tice now can see the Eternal "face to face" rather than "through a mirror dimly," a promised revelation of which he frequently and joyfully spoke.
Condolences can be shared at www.kygers.com.
Published on July 17, 2017
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