347 N.Clark
Sullivan, MO 63080
Phone:
573-468-4147
Fax: 573-468-2394

Tice, James Knox “Jim”
Passed Away:
12/8/2008

James Knox “Jim” Tice of Strafford, MO and formerly of Sullivan, MO, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2008 at the age of 74 years.
Jim was born on May 7, 1934 in St. Louis, MO, to Herbert Emanuel and Arvona (nee Wyatt) Tice, one of two children. Jim graduated from Sullivan High School then later obtained teaching, masters’, and Specialist in Education degrees.
After official retirement, Jim continued promoting excellence in education through innovative applications of existing and emerging technologies that provide greater access to learning opportunities for everyone. He contributed diligently to the Veterans Oral History Project, genealogy research, and various school and other educational interests.
Jim Tice was a beloved member of the educational community in Missouri and nationwide, serving in many different roles since the 1950s. He served as coach, teacher, administrator, and educational consultant in the Springbluff, Sullivan, Strafford, and Springfield areas. His most recent role was Research Associate for Missouri Virtual School, Center for Scientific Research & Education at MSU.
Jim was a compassionate and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, dear friend to many and mentor to all. His personal and professional philosophy was to “Conquer with Love.” He valued everyone and inspired all to see value in self and in others.
Jim was always an active church member, notably of Temple Baptist Church in Sullivan, MO and of First Baptist Church in Strafford, MO. Jim passionately shared his ministry of music as choir director, soloist, and a member of the Templemen Quartet.
Jim is survived by his wife, Lois (nee Reeves) of the family home; four sons, Terry Ray Tice and wife Tammy of Coos Bay, OR (7 children), Gary Wayne Tice and wife Rosario of Springfield, MO (2 children), Sean Kelly Ronald Tice and wife Sorina and, Eran James Tice and wife Katherine (4 children), all of Littleton, CO; three daughters, Crystal Yvonne Tice-McBride (1 child), and dear friend Gerald of Springfield, MO Tammy Jae Nail and husband David of Pittsboro, IN (10 children), and Robyn Yvette Tice Butler and husband Steve of Florissant, MO (6 children); many great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Vera Louise (Royse) Tice; one nephew, Ron Tice and wife Beth (3 children); many other relatives and numerous friends and coworkers. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Herbert Wayne Tice.
Funeral Services for Jim Tice were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 15, 2008 in Temple Baptist Church, Sullivan, MO, with Pastor Scott Perry officiating. Saturday’s memorial service was conducted in Strafford by Pastor Dennis Gromer at the 1st Baptist church of Strafford. Interment was in Crow Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Sullivan School District Education Foundation, the Spring Bluff Educational Foundation, or the James Tice Memorial Fund at Strafford School.
All arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home.


Visitation Summary:
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 1st Baptist Church in Strafford, and from 4 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 14, 2008 at the Chapel of the Eaton Funeral Home

Funeral Summary:
10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 15, 2008 in Temple Baptist Church

Cemetery:
Crow Cemetery

Donations:
Sullivan School District Education Foundation or Spring Bluff Educational Foundation

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Dec-10-2008Debbie Nelson, RCETMr. Tice founded RCET 20 years ago and we were looking forward to celebrating this milestone with him at the annual conference in March. On behalf of all us at RCET, including our Board of Directors and the Technology Board, we wish to express our sincere condolences to Mr. Tice's family. We are better for having known him and he will be greatly missed.
Dec-10-2008Trina (Paul) BaileyI'm So sorry to hear of Mr. Tice's passing. He was our principal at Spring Bluff many years ago. He was a fine man. God Bless all your family.
Dec-10-2008Kevin ScantlanMy sincerest condolences to the Tice family. I have a lot of fond memories of Mr. Tice (always will be Mr. Tice to me) as my elementary school principal at Spring Bluff. He always had a kind word for me both as a student and later as an adult. May God bless your family.Kevin ScantlanColumbia, MO
Dec-10-2008Phyllis and Mike YoungWe have fond memories of Jim and have thought of him and your family often over the years. May Heavenly Father give you peace and comfort in this time of your sorrow.
Dec-10-2008Trish GoddardMr Tice was my first superintendent during my teaching career and will always be in my heart. He encouraged me to learn at every opportunity and to challange my students at all times. I will miss him. He was a good man.
Dec-10-2008Elaine B. Keeney-JuergensMy heartfelt condolances---Do not weep for he sleeps in wait for our Lord
Dec-11-2008Gene & Darlene ReevesWe wish to express our deepest sympathies to you.
Dec-11-2008Todd and Lisa ApplegateOur thoughts and prayers are with your beautiful family.
Dec-11-2008Jerry SchneiderDear family and friends: Jim will be missed so very much. I express my deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. I will personally miss seeing him at church and singing in our choir together. Our Lord in heaven has gained a terrific singing voice that loves to glorify him. May God richly comfort each of you at this time.
Dec-11-2008Deborah "Deb" SuttonMy deepest and most sincere sympathy to Jim's family I first met Jim as a recipient of a school grant almost 20 years ago. Since then he has been a constant presence, ever the advocate for excellence in education for all of Missouri's students. I will miss his dedication, zeal, and good will. DebDeborah Sutton, DirectorDESE Instructional Technology
Dec-11-2008Monica BeglauPlease know that our hearts are heavy with the loss of Jim's leadership and vitality in the education community. He will be dearly missed by many here in Missouri and across the US. Sending you thoughts of hope and sympathy on the loss of your husband and father.
Dec-11-2008Ruth Litman-BlockJim was a true mentor to me in a new position 11 years ago. I have many happy memories and laughs we shared while tying to move education into the 21st century. May he have peace and love in his new home in heaven. He will always be remembered with love in his home on earth.My blessings to his loving family in their time of grief.
Dec-15-2008Becky Blankenship HeineyMy prayers go out to Lois and family. Jim was a wonderful man and I learned an awful lot from him. Every time I play Pente, I am mentally playing against Mr. Tice--I never was able to win with him as my opponent. My most sincere condolences go to Lois and family.
Dec-11-2008Ronn and Vivien CrandallJim was very dear to us. We were first year teachers when we first met Jim. He took me (Ronn) under his wing and I learn so much from him. I am convinced that my 30 years of a successful teaching career was a result of those first years with Jim as my principal. After leaving Sullivan we kept in touch and continued to share ideas about education. He was innovative, encouraging and willing to let teachers try new things. We are proud of him and our association with him. He was a great man.
Dec-12-2008Nancy GiblerTo Jim's family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jim was a great champion of rural education and telecommunications. His focus was always on the improvement of educational opportunities for all children. He often spoke of his grandchildren and told stories of family events and the like. He was always smiling and postive about everything.He truly will be missed by many and will have touched more lives than you or I could ever know through his many efforts.God bless you and your family during this time. He will keep you strong and surround you with His love.
Dec-12-2008Blaine & Dee AndersonOur thoughts and prayers are with Lois and the entire Tice family. We pray you will gain the strength and comfort you need at this time by leaning on God, each other and your friends.
Dec-12-2008Rhonda Reed BellarLois & family, So sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I have fond memories of Jim when we were growing up on the farm and as principle for the school district. My condolences to you and the family.
Dec-12-2008DEBI FANNCRYSTAL,SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD GOD WILL HELP YOU GET THUR THIS JUST TRUST IN HIM AND LEAN ON HIM AND HE WILL BE THERE FOR YOU I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS GOD BLESS
Dec-12-2008Gayle PaulJim will be sorely missed. We have been friends for 60 years, after meeting at Mt.Vernon Baptist Hill Camp when he was 15 and I was 14. I feel very Blessed that he was my friend. I shall pray for the family. I know he is singing with the angels in HEAVEN.
Dec-13-2008Libby StewartCrystal, I'm so sorry to hear about your father's passing, just want you to know you and your family are in my prayers. Libby
Dec-13-2008Frank & Linda AuBuchonOur heartfelt condolences go to all of you. Mr. Tice had a big impact on my life and I will cherish the memories of him always.
Dec-14-2008Michelle NorgrenI can't begin to tell you how much Mr. Tice has meant to me over the years and how much he is going to be missed. I first met Mr. Tice when he came to Strafford to serve as our new superintendent. That initial relationship as "my boss" grew into mentor, friend, inspiration, surrogate father, confidant, and life guide. I know how much all of you will miss him but I also know how proud you must be to have had such an incredible man in your life. May God bless and hold each of you through this time and know that there is a huge hole in the hearts of a large family of educators across Missouri and beyond. My sincerest sympathy,Michelle Norgrenex-Strafford Science Teacher, Director of Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair, ex-Assistant Coordinator of Missouri Virtual School, and current Director of VESTA.
Dec-15-2008Martin and Georgia White We were so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. He was such a kind, personable man, always willing to share his skills and knowledge with anyone who would ask. We always had such a good time visiting with him at Missouri Retired Teacher Meetings in Jeff City and Columbia. Please know that we will keep all of you in our prayers--now and in the days ahead.Martin and Georgia White
Dec-15-2008Pam HedgpethJim was a dear man who did so much for the field of education. I appreciated his great vision for technology. He will be greatly missed.
Dec-16-2008Don E. Smith 
Dec-16-2008Ron and Krista HardeckeDear All,Sorry we were unable to come to the funeral home and offer our condolences. Ann Mason told me about this link and we appreciated the opportunity to tell you all our sympathy is sent to you at this time. We have so many fond memories of your dad as our principal - way back when the paddle ruled and kids feared the principal!! Interesting to read where all of you are living. We farm south of Owensville with our son, Jim and also have 3 daughters. God bless all of you.Love, Ron and Krista
Dec-16-2008Kathy Gaskill McCullochHe will be missed!!
Dec-16-2008Norma [Luttrell] Strauser-SherrickI have a lot of good memories of Jim, mostly His jolly laughter.This Man will be missed. Lois and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.Norma
Dec-17-2008Becky Blankenship HeineyLois and Family--you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. I know that Jim will be greatly missed by his family and so many others. Jim was an inspiration to many, including myself.
Dec-20-2008Lisa Dati (Stewart)Robyn,Your father was always a joy and fun to be around....I think he teased me a few times too.....I have fond memories of our days as children and then teens in your parents home. He was kind and what I will remember most was his smile and the way he treated your family. Please know that he was a gift to all in this life. May God Bless you and your family. My prayers are with you all.Lisa Dati (Stewart)
Dec-22-2008Dan KinnamanI was so sorry to hear about Jim’s illness and passing. I met Jim when I spoke at one of the conferences he ran and we've been friends ever since. He truly was one of our nation’s great educators, because no matter how important his title, he never forgot his number one constituency—the students. He was indeed a great advocate for Missouri students, but his influence went well beyond that. He was one of the most encouraging people I ever met and his conversations with me have influenced my views and practices over the years. Despite his passing, his influence will continue. May God bless you with comfort and faith during this time of grieving. My thoughts and prayers are with you.Dan Kinnaman
Dec-22-2008Melissa JohnsonEven though I didn't know Mr. Tice, my dad, Ned Brake, was a student (class of '77) at Sullivan at the time Mr. Tice was Superintendent and everytime I looked at my dad's yearbooks, he always had a nice thing to say about Mr. Tice. My Grandfather, Phillip Brake, was, as I understand, a good friend of Mr. Tice's when they were growing up. My grandfather was a graduate of the class of 1948. My condolences go out to Mr. Tice's family. May God watch over you in your time of need.
Dec-29-2008Ned BrakeDear Tammy and family, I just wanted to express my condolences to you in this time of sorrow. I knew your dad for a very long time. I learned from my father, that he and "Jim" were best of friends and I think even next door neighbors when they were younger. He will always be remembered for the legacy he left behind for all of Sullivan area schools and also the impact that he had on so many students and how "positively" he touched and changed their lives. Rely on GOD and his infinite faithfulness to carry you through this most difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that your father was truly loved by all of us.