Barbara Ann Tice

barbara tice

(August 02, 1942 - October 9, 2021 )

Barbara, who loved to be called Granny by those who knew her, departed her loving family to join our Father in Heaven on October 9, 2021.  It was the kind of day she loved.  There was a slight breeze, and fall was in the air. The leaves were turning colors, the goldenrods were emerging, and the red lilies in full bloom were surrounded by beautiful yellow butterflies.

A memorial service for Barbara will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Reeder-Davis Funeral home in Ore City with Brothers Tony Pierce and Leonard Nichols officiating. A private family burial will follow at Simmons Cemetery.  

Barbara was born to Raymond and Minnie on August 2, 1942 in Altoona, Alabama and was preceded in death by her husband, Lester E. Tice.  She is survived by her loving children, son Vinson and wife Francis, daughter Elizabeth and husband Ed, daughter Debi and Troy, and her grandchildren Christina and husband Justin, Michael and wife Gayla, Shawn and wife Jenna, and Amber. She was also gifted with the joy of great-grandchildren, Heather, Evan, Savannah, Ethan, Logan, Anise, Adrian, Ariel, and Allen.

Barbara lived her life defying the odds and without adhering to traditional norms.  Having lost her entire family before she was 16 years old, she forged an independent path that led her down many divergent roads.  She was an incredible mother to her three children.  She worked as a photo technician and other jobs while raising her children with her husband.  Barbara was a devoted mother and “Granny”. Her coconut cream pie is legendary, but her peanut butter fudge remains a family mystery.  Her family may have the recipe, but they have yet to conquer the timing for adding the milk.   

Barbara was the premier example of what it means to have a  strong work ethic.  Never afraid of hard work, she put great energy into each of her jobs. After the death of her husband, she took a job as a chainsaw operator on a logging crew and moved on to the lumber mill in Domino, Texas and worked as a knuckle boom operator. Following her time with International Paper, she went on to explore the United States from the cab of an 18-wheeler.  In her later years, she owned and operated a ceramics business with her daughter, Elizabeth, and worked as an office administrative assistant.  

She taught her children and grandchildren a love for life. She was a steward of the earth who loved to garden, camp, fish,  and travel. She took great delight in the world of art and shared her view of the world through her photography and painting.  

Barbara touched many over the course of her life, and loved with an open heart.  She will be missed greatly. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes with Samaritan's Purse.  Donations may be made directly at or given in her honor at New Hope Baptist Church. Barbara knew first hand the tears of joys that these “Christmas Boxes” bring to children around the world.  

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  1. We are so very sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time. May God bless.

  2. I have such fond memories of Barbara. She was always such a sweet lady and raised some amazing kids! Please know that your family is in my prayers and thought of often. Much love to you all ??

  3. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I enjoyed learning more about her and her amazing life.
    Love, Leslie

  4. Loved your mama; she was delightful to be around. Love to the full family; prayers of comfort and peace.

  5. Barbara was such a loving friend, she surely will be missed. I enjoyed the times that we had together, it was such a bliss.

    "Until we meet again my friend… until we meet again"

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