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Alice Robertson Voorheis

Voorheis, Alice Robertson, age 97, of Ooltewah, T.N., passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2024. She was born, Alice Genevieve Smith, in Brooklynn, N.Y. on September 11, 1926.


Alice earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Southern Missionary College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in the Teaching of Reading from Andrews University. She taught in several elementary schools in the Carolinas before becoming Dean of Girls at Mount Pisgah Academy in Candler, N.C., she then served as Associate Superintendent of Education for the Carolina Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She retired as Superintendent of Education and Director of Communication for the Gulf-States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in 1991. Being dedicated to education, she was a life-long learner with a passion for knowledge and the value that it brings to life.

Alice was a member of the Collegedale Seventh-Day Adventists Church. For the last thirty years she was an active volunteer with Adventist Heritage Ministries for which she served as its President for more than 9 years. She traveled the United States promoting the importance of preserving historic properties and the history of the founding and early development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her deep passion was for people to meet Jesus and she lived her life with a continuing desire to bring honor and glory to Him.


Alice was a loving mother who cherished her family and who’s arms and heart made room for countless young people and others, freely sharing her home, her resources, and her love. Alice was a devoted Grama, Grandma, and Great-Grandma always making the extra effort to be with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as often as possible wherever they were living throughout the years.


In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her first husband, O.L. (Leroy) Robertson; second husband, Arl V. Voorheis; her son, Willis Robertson; three sisters, Joan Smith, Frances Ryder, and Dorothy Erland; and two brothers, William Fields and Henry Smith.


Survivors include her son, Pastor Philip Robertson (Kathie), daughter, Janita Herod (Pastor Dwight); step-daughter Sharon A. Kerr (Sam); step-son, Byron Voorheis (Melodie); daughter-in-law, Judy Robertson; six grandchildren; Kent Robertson (Wendy), Stephen Robertson, (Jess), Sebrina MacDonald (Scott), Jodi Steele (David), Courtney Herod and step-grandson; Sam (Kim) Kerr; and nine great-grandchildren, Allison and Brandon Cammilleri, Seth and Caleb Robertson, Zach, Ryan, and Emma Robertson, William Steele, and Jackson Kerr. In addition, Alice had several precious surviving nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 11:00 A.M., at Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Philip Robertson and Pastor Dwight Herod officiating. Interment followed at Collegedale Memorial Park.

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