Charles Lee Tice

Obituaries Posted: Friday, December 28, 2007 ; Updated: 7:29 AM on Friday, December 28, 2007

Charles Lee Tice, age 79, of St. Augustine, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Bayview-Samantha Wilson Care Center.

Mr. Tice was born on Aug. 12, 1928, in Wadesboro, N.C., to Forrest and Dorothy Tice. After graduating from Rockingham High School, he enrolled in High Point University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in history and science. While teaching at Winston-Salem Junior High School, he attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned a master's degree in education. He served as principal of Graper (N.C.) Elementary School from 1953-55.

Mr. Tice moved to Florida in 1955, initially working as a teacher. The following year, he joined his parents in working at a small truck stop on U.S. 1. In 1965, the business was moved to the junction of U.S. 1 and 1-95. Mr. Tice's warmth and gregarious personality endeared him to the truckers, and he quickly became known as "Charlie T." A short time later the business itself was renamed to "Charlie T's Truck Stop." During a typical 60-hour work week, Charlie T always made time to greet the hundreds of regular patrons by name, tell a joke or two, and even get in a few games of checkers with those willing to be pushed around by his prowess.

His quick smile and warm sense of humor endeared him to all those he met. He owned and operated Charlie T's with his wife, Rhea, until his retirement in 2001.

Throughout his life, Charlie attended church regularly and volunteered for numerous ministries, including teaching Sunday school, ushering and serving on various steering committees. His most recent involvement was to serve as a Deacon on the Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Memorial Church. Charlie was extremely proud to be a Mason for 52 years, having achieved perpetual membership status. He was a member of the Shriners, and his allied orders were S-1003 Scottish Rite based in Jacksonville, Fla.

Although Charlie enjoyed a variety of sports throughout his life, his main passion was golf. He loved the game and was quite accomplished as a golfer. He had the unique distinction of achieving five "holes-in-one" spread amongst the Deerwood, Matanzas Woods and Ponce de Leon courses. Another highlight for Charlie was being paired with golfing legend Arnold Palmer at the TPC Pro-Am, where he and Arnie both birdied the #17 Island Green.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Rhea Tice; daughters, Maureen (James) Dickenson, Sue (Tom) Wettaufer, and Jodi (Frank) de la Torre; sons, Larry (Suzie) Tice, Steve (Debbie) Tice, and Mark (Jill) Tice; grandchildren, Charles Tice II, Jake Tice, Katie (Adam) Pogachnik, Joshua and Marie Dickenson, Jessica (Steve) Dugan, Jill (Joey) De Grande, Skyler, Landon, and Sierra Tice, Nicholas and Danielle de la Torre; great-grandchildren; Patrick and Brady Dugan, Tyler and James Crookshank.

At his last birthday celebration, Charlie said that his children and grandchildren were his greatest blessings.

In addition, he is survived by many relatives in North Carolina.

Mr. Tice's family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at Craig Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at noon at Craig Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will be held at 2 p.m. at Arlington Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Tice's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Funeral arrangements made by Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park.

Please visit Mr. Tice's memorial page at     View Memorial page

Charles Tice, 8157 Six Mile Way, Saint Augustine, FL 32092-2237   904-940-8423

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