It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear son, brother, fiancee, friend and father figure - Robert Neil Tice (42) of Mayflower, Arkansas. After a fierce battle with cancer, Rob left this earth on February 26, 2021. He is survived by his fiancee Tammi Bunting and her daughter, his parents Vicki Mattson (Ed) of Alabama and Rolan Tice (Kerry) of Colorado, his two sisters Melody Tice of California and Tiffany (Joel) Brunk of Colorado as well as two nieces (Jade and Ocean) and a nephew (Michael).\r\nFrequently compared to Opie Taylor when younger and Robert Redford in his late teens/early 20s, Rob was a strawberry blonde heartbreaker. Quick with a smile, his relaxed vibe made him approachable and a friend to most he met. He always tried to help others to the extent he was able to do so. Often he would speak of people he met in a store, in church or on a corner and you could hear the emotion he felt as he would describe their challenges or story in detail. In addition to people, he had a huge heart for animals, sharing a particularly close bond with his dog Hershey. Rob was sensitive, inquisitive, a nature lover and artist at his core. His daily walks and day trips to Petit Jean lead to many lovely photographs of the great outdoors. He was an accomplished trumpeter and computer guru. We often joked that he was the online tech support for the family - especially our parents. \r\nWhile he was friendly to all, he was very selective about who was in his "inner circle" with only one truly lifelong friend - (Robert) Michael Lake. The two were inseparable after they met in high school when Rob moved with his mom from Phoenix to Greenbrier. If their mothers only knew all the shenanigans these boys pulled! At the heart though they were both momma's boys and took care of one another's family as if it were their own. \r\nEver the optimist, Rob took after his dad in looking for something to be grateful for in every hard situation. He found himself in some tough spots over the years but never lost faith or trust in his maker. Up to the very end of his short life he continually sought out a silver lining - no matter how dull the glean.\r\nRob was ridiculously smart to the point of not even studying in college and then acing computer programming tests - much to the chagrin of his peers. He was kind and forgiving. Rob had a fabulous sense of humor and quick wit that often ran so fast others had a difficult time keeping up. But not his sisters. They knew once they saw that sparkle in his eye it was game on and no topic was off limits or taboo. They were the three musketeers. Nothing and no one could break that comradery and unconditional love they had for one another. While he was their little brother, he sought to protect them from the opposite sex. He often would call their beaus to counsel them on how his sisters should be treated - which was not always well received. \r\nHe took his knowledge from growing up with sisters to capture the heart of his fiancee. Rob was a hopeless romantic and loved the courting/wooing process. He would often dress up and surprise her at work with flowers or chocolates or even a lunch date. Rob loved to eat and knew his way around the kitchen. He enjoyed preparing meals for the loves of his life and knowing he made her day easier when she arrived home to freshly prepared dinner. \r\nAfter a grim diagnosis in August 2020, Rob fought valiantly as the disease progressed. He leaned on Christ to help him be strong enough to weather each battle he faced. Despite the side effects of his treatments, he kept soldiering through so he could stay a little longer with us all. He never wanted to inconvenience anyone. His thoughts were always about his family and friends and being a supportive and loving force in our lives - even to his own detriment. It seemed he never really understood how important he was and he much he mattered. While we mourn his absence, we know it is because his presence was so big in each of our lives while he was here on earth. \r\nAn intimate memorial service to remember the person he was and the impact he had on each of us will be held at Bill Neal & Sons funeral home in Morrilton, Arkansas on Thursday March 4th @ 10:30am. Due to the COVID pandemic repercussions and the general health & safety of our family young and old, masks and social distancing will be required for any who wish to celebrate his life in person with us. If there is a possibility you have been exposed to the virus we welcome you to celebrate his life at your place of residence or a location you both enjoyed visiting. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation to ArkanPaws Animal Rescue or the Salgi Esophageal Research Foundation.