William Daniel ‘Danny’ Altice was born October 12‚ 1942‚ in Franklin County‚ Virginia‚ to Oliver and Annis Altice. He grew up with his sister‚ Phyllis Altice Fadely‚ and his brother‚ Barry Oliver Altice. He remained a lifelong resident of Franklin County.
His father‚ William Oliver Altice‚ was a founding member of the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department back in 1928. Danny ran calls with the fire department as a teenager and officially joined Rocky Mount’s volunteer department in 1963. He was an active and dedicated member for 47 years‚ until his death on July 26‚ 2010.
Danny graduated from Franklin County High School and went to work in his dad’s trucking business‚ W.O. Altice and Sons. He worked hard‚ but found satisfaction in a good day’s work. He met and married Aileen Hodges shortly after graduating high school. They had two children‚ William Carey Altice and Christie Altice-Weaver. His son‚ Carey‚ was a member of the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department and served alongside his father and his Uncle Barry‚ Danny’s brother. Barry continues to serve as an active member in the department. Just like W.O. Altice and Sons‚ the fire department was also a family business.
After Danny’s retirement several years ago‚ he spent most of his time with his close friend and companion‚ Frances Holley‚ and with his pride and joy‚ his granddaughter‚ Kayla Altice. Danny served as Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department’s active chief from 1977 to 1984. He received a Lifetime Achievement Service Recognition Award in February 2008 from the fire department.
He also was an active member of the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church. He is greatly missed by his family‚ friends‚ and the community he served.