Donald Jackie Vice, Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 10. Born October 19, 1932 in his grandmotherâ€™s bedroom in Saline County, the son of George and Jessie Vice. He was one of six siblings, Ruth, George, Georgia, Joy, and Carroll.
Shortly after graduating from Bauxite High School in 1951, he joined the Air Force. Don was stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, WA. Don met and married, Beatrice Larsen on August 2, 1953. Their family grew to include Margit, Donald Jr, Jon and Jessie.
Don held many jobs after leaving the Air Force. He sold insurance, worked at a meat packing plant, and was proud to be a U.S. Mailman. In October 1961, he found his true calling, being a minister of the Lord. He recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of being an ordained Missionary Baptist minister. Don was ordained on May 13, 1962 at the West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church in Bauxite.
Joshua 24:15, â€śâ€¦but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.â€ť
Don pastored many churches in Washington and Arkansas. In 1969, Don moved his family from Tacoma to Carlisle, while he attended the Missionary Baptist Seminary and Institute in Little Rock. He graduated in May 1972 with his Bachelors of Bible Languages. Soon after that, Don moved back to Washington and began missionary work and starting new churches in Pasco and Everett. He believed what Jesus spoke in Luke 24:43, â€śAnd he said unto them, I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.â€ť
Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beatrice Vice; son, Donald Vice Jr; grandson, Cory Vice, granddaughter, Breann Vice; and his parents, George and Jessie Vice, siblings, Ruth Thompson and George Vice, Jr.
Don is survived by his daughters, Margit Shultz and husband, Randy of Boise, ID and Jessie Vice of Pasco, Wash; son, Jon Vice of Pasco, Wash. "Poppie" is also survived by 5 grandchildren, David, Holli, Amanda, Candace and Tyler and 6 great-grandchildren, Ella, Finley, Robert, Estrella, Joey, and Cashmere. Don was very excited to know that his eldest grandson and his wife were expecting their first child this coming December. He is also survived by his brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, and other family members too numerous to mention.
A private graveside service was held Tuesday, August 14 for family and close friends. His memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 8, at the Richland Baptist Church, Richland, Wash.
Family Comments: We will miss his strength and incredible faith but we are so proud to have called him our Dad, our Poppie, and our Preacher. Matthew 25:21, â€śHis lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful serventâ€¦â€ť