We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Hickson Funeral Home
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved. Alice died peacefully at home on Dec. 27, 2021 after short term stays in the hospital and Nursing / Rehab Center.
Alice was born Dec 22, 1933 in Jacksonville, Florida to the late William and Ruth (Lockett) Messer.
She completed her high school education at Stanton Senior High School and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education at Edward Waters College., both in Jacksonville. She went on to earn a Master of Education at Florida A &M University in Tallahassee, FL. Alice taught elementary school in Bulloch County, Georgia; and Duval and Hendry Counties, Florida. She was a pioneer in integrating the teaching staff of the elementary school in LaBelle, Florida where she taught for many years.
After retiring from the public school system, Alice was not finished! She opened her own preschool in Harlem, FL and ran it for ten years. Soon after closing the Kiddie Kollege, Alice felt the call to go back to work yet again and became a Life Skills instructor in the South Bay Correctional Facility. Finally, she retired to enjoy travel and family.
Alice did not sew or knit, and she certainly did not have cooking skills; however she loved eating good food! Mostly mom loved God and she loved people. She was an ordained deacon in the AME Church. When she was not in a worship service or Bible study, she spent her time working around the house, working in the church and working all kinds of puzzles—word scramble, crossword, suduko, find-a-word, and jigsaw—she loved them all! She also enjoyed watching football. Her favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys, through thick and thin. She was not just a fair weather fan. She was also a fan of “Columbo”, “Murder She Wrote” and “Family Feud”. She could often be heard clapping her hands and yelling at the TV.
Alice was one in a family of nine children and two-stepchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two step-sisters, Ella J. George and Willie Mae Oliver; sisters Valease Messer, Yvonne Jones, and Mildretta Messer; brother Quentin Messer; and brothers-in-law Winston L. Rogers and Raymond Anderson.
Alice is survived by her son Spencer Britton of Blue Springs, MO and daughter Rev. Rhonda Britton of Halifax, Nova Scotia; sisters Wilma Rogers of Miami, FL, Alveta (James) Smith of Hampton, Va, Rev. Delano McIntosh of Apollo Beach, FL, and Myra Anderson of Tampa, FL.; sister-in-law Bettie Messer of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren Joseph, Corey, and Nikki; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special sister, Rev. Daisy Hill and special son, Kenneth Williams, both of Clewiston, FL; special daughter and grandson, Angelnita and D’angelo Williams, both of Jacksonville, FL; special daughter, Nichele Bankston of West Palm Beach, FL, and goddaughter Dizena Smith of Clewiston, FL.
Several years ago, Alice decided to make her home in Nova Scotia with her daughter. She became a member of New Horizons Baptist Church, where her daughter Rhonda is the pastor. She traveled to Florida in January 2020 and was unable to return due to pandemic restrictions. She longed to return to Canada and continued to hope until her illness made it unlikely. Alice loved the church family at New Horizons and continued to watch the online services until her transition.
In lieu of flowers, it would please and honor Alice if you would make a donation to the New Horizons Baptist Church building project. Instructions are on the website at www.newhorizonsbaptist.ca
A memorial service of worship and celebration is planned for January 4 at 11am at New Bethel AME Church, 959 Della Tobias Ave., Clewiston, FL. A second service will be held at a later date in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.