Arthur Virgil Pace, Jr., 90, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at his home. He was born in Houston, Texas to Arthur Virgil Pace, Sr. and Lucy Hurst Pace on September 12, 1923. He married Barbara Curtin Pace on December 23, 1947 in Houston, Texas, his wife of 65 years.
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Virgil graduated from Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Virgil attended the University of Texas and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity- Tau Chapter. He graduated from the University of Houston, with a BBA. In addition, he was a graduate from Mortgage Bankers School, Stanford University, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, and the American Institute of Banking.
Virgil proudly served his country with the 2nd Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division in the battle for Iwo Jima. Virgil was wounded by mortar fire, but continued to fight until the island was secured. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
Virgil served as a Director for Prosperity Bank, Commercial Bank Shares, Inc. and Heritage Bank Shares, Inc. Virgil was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Kerrville, TX and served on the vestry. He was President of the Hill Country Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and a friend of Bill W.
Virgil is preceded in death by his father, Arthur Virgil Pace, Sr., his mother, Lucy Hurst Pace, and two of his children, Arthur Virgil Pace, III, and Edwina Curtin Pace.
Virgil is survived by his children, Lila Pace Belitz and Henry Michael Curtin Pace; his two grandchildren, Aleah Edwina Pace and Arthur Virgil Pace, IV; his son-in-law, Lloyd Lynn Belitz; his sister, Liligene Pace Vardaman; sister-in-law, Jane Curtin Reed; nieces and nephew, Lucy Cook Delaganis, Charlotte Cook Lowry, Caroline Cook Harmon, Susan Cook Houghton, Bill Curtin Reed; cousins Robert Hoyt Lightfoot, Sr., Catherine Gene Lightfoot, and John William Lightfoot; many nieces and nephews, and many beloved friends.
Virgil embodied one of his favorite sayings about the definition of love, "Giving to others and expecting nothing in return."
Visitation will be from 3-5pm, on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Grimes Funeral Chapels.
Funeral services will be held at 1pm, Monday, March 3, 2014, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
Memorials may be given to St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
The family of Virgil wishes to extend their sincere thanks to those who provided loving friendships and care to him, especially his caregivers from Caring Senior Services, Christine, Pat, Susie, and Brittany, and his dear friend and ranch foreman, Bill Campbell.
The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2014
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