Jimmy Tice
Jimmy Tice

Obituary of Jimmy Tice

Jimmy Lee Tice (Jim), 88 passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Sunshine Circle Assisted Living in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on July 21, 1933, in Beloit, Kansas to Arthur and Dorothy Tice. He graduated from high school in Pasadena, California where he played the French horn in the band and marched in the Rose Bowl parade around 1950. He was employed/called into religious ministry right out of high school. Throughout his adult life, he was an evangelist, pastor, missionary, visionary, soul-winner, husband, and father. He started in the ministry as a leader with an organization called, Youth for Christ when he was seventeen and then went on to the American Soul Clinic in Los Angeles, where he graduated and married Audrey May Cooper, and over the next ten years, had seven children. Jim was many things throughout his life. He was a "jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none." He pastored several churches, had numerous home-church services and community meals. He and Audrey were in India and Sri Lanka doing missionary work for about ten years. He traveled the world. As a teenager, Jim received a "call" from the Lord to be a "soul-winner." That meant bringing as many people to Jesus as he could. It was his goal to talk to everyone he came in contact with about Jesus; to use any means necessary to accomplish that purpose. He often painted gospel signs on his vehicle, would roll down the window at a stop light and yell out to the pedestrians, "Jesus saves!" It was an odd, but unique way to reach his generation. He would preach on street corners, and in barrooms; several times he was thrown in jail for disturbing the peace. Even in jail, he had converts. Only the Lord knows how many people will be in heaven because of Jim"s loud and audacious style of ministry.   Jim lived what he believed; he didn"t do things to make people comfortable, he didn"t care about being rich, famous, or important; he wanted to make a difference one soul at a time Several years after Audrey died in 1994, he went back to India and married Teresa, who is his current wife. For the past twenty-three years, Jim and Teresa have lived off-the-grid in Snowflake, Arizona, where his vision was to build a ministry training center. He continued to touch lives one-on-one and impact his community through a variety of connections. May he be remembered, because "he brought people to Jesus." Jim is preceded in death by his father Arthur Tice, his mother, Dorothy Tice; his first wife of 41 years, Audrey Tice, and his son, Stephen Mark Tice. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Teresa Tice; brother William Ira Tice (Yoko) and two nephews. Jim is survived by his children, Candace Ruth Reece, Timothy Paul Tice (Kimberly), Joel David Tice (Sally Jo), Andrew Phillip Tice (Karen), Daniel James Tice (Darlene), and Mary Esther Douglas (Ken) along with 22 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on October 13, 2021, at Mesa Cemetery at 2 PM. The funeral arrangements will be handled by Falconer Funeral Home in Gilbert Arizona.
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