On Wednesday, November 1, 2023 Alice Adams Lafever, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt passed away at the age of 89. Alice was born in Union City, Tennessee to James Ernest and Della Daniel Adams. On May 1, 1955, she married the love of her life, Bill Lafever.
Alice earned an associate degree from UT Martin. She was the first female in the history of the university to earn a degree in engineering. Years later, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Carson Newman College and a master’s degree from UT Knoxville. Alice taught French at East Ridge and West View Middle Schools and English at Morristown West High School for thirty years. In 2016, Alice was inducted into the Morristown West High School Hall of Fame.
We are thankful for her love through the years and her legacy as a talented, devoted teacher, her enthusiasm for poetry, zeal for travel around the world, motivation to read as many books as possible and watch as many movies as possible, and her endless love of acting and the theatre. We will miss her tremendously.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, June, her husband, Bill (in 2007), and her son David. Alice is survived by her daughters Alicia Lafever and Wendy Lafever Jordanov, her brother, Jim Adams, her grandsons Max and Alex Jordanov and her nieces and nephews, Donna and Lloyd Emmons, Mike and Laurie Barham, Amanda and Simon Studer, and Jimmy Adams, and several great nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank the amazing staff at The Meadows, Lakeshore Senior Community in Nashville for your loving care, help and assistance. Arlene, you are an angel. Cindy and Becky you brightened Mom’s days with concerts, activities and fun sing-a-longs. Linda your kindness and care each week was a highlight for Mom. Sue and Penny, your hard-work and friendly smiles comforted us on each visit. Janice, you are wonderful. Jose, thank you for always repairing whatever was needed. To the many, hard-working nurses and techs, you are heroes for all you do each day and how much of yourselves you give with love and kindness. Thank you all!
Alice loved acting. She acted in commercials for Turner Classic Movies, HGTV, Hancock Fabrics, Oldsmobile, Baptist Hospital Senior Center, Sears, Covenant Health, Comcast Cable, Morristown/Hamblen Keep America Beautiful, Cariten Healthcare and Pigeon Forge. She had a blast being an extra in the Warner Brothers’ movie, My Fellow Americans.
Since 1984, Alice has treasured every moment acting in over 60 plays at Morristown Theatre Guild, Walter State Community College, Encore Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, The Actor’s Coop, and Alexi Studios. A private memorial was held for family. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please donate to the Morristown Theatre Guild or Encore Theatrical Company if you would like to encourage artists in Morristown, Tennessee. Websites: https://theatreguildinc.org/ and https://www.encoretheatricalcompany.com .