82, of Tuscumbia, Ala.
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Charles was born and raised in Franklin County, Alabama on June 5, 1931. He was the youngest of 11 siblings, born to Simon Peter Pace and Mary Hester James Pace.
Charles Pace was a man with a strong work ethic. This was instilled in him as a young boy in Waco, Ala., as he learned to work in the cotton fields. Charles graduated from Russellville High School in 1949, where he was a star football and basketball player. As a very young man, he worked at A & P grocery store. He joined the Air Force and served his country in several foreign countries as a radio operator. He often spoke fondly of memories from France, Germany, Saudia Arabia and other countries.
After returning home and discharging from the Air Force, Charles married his lovely wife, Margaret Marie Newman on June 24, 1956. At the time, Charles worked at Redstone Arsenal and then for the railroad. After that he became a long-time employee at Ford Motor Co. in Sheffield. He worked for Ford until the plant closed, forcing him to take early retirement. Charles also raised cattle and crops for many years. He was always busy working. After retiring from Ford, Charles went back to college and finished his business degree at the University of North Alabama. He was about 53 at the time. Later in life, he developed a subdivision on Colbert Heights Mountain.
Charles and Marie raised two daughters and a son together. They have had a long and happy marriage. Their love for one another was always obvious and they raised their kids to love the Lord.
Charles accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church Colbert Heights and truly loved his church family there. He served as a Deacon many years and was always very actively involved in his church. He strived to make a difference in the lives of others and to stress the importance of missions. He believed in the Word of God and was a great teacher of it.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Simon Peter Pace, and mother, Mary Hester James Pace. He also preceeded his brothers, Owen Pace, Luther Pace and Wallace Pace; along with sisters, Mamie King, Leona Scruggs and Louise Seay.
He is survived by brothers, Copeland Pace, Ford Pace, Gene Pace; and sister, Ena Pickens.
He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his wife, Margaret Marie Newman Pace; and his kids, Rebecca Michael (Randy), Pamela Webb (Joe) and Darrell Pace (Teresa); his grandkids, Joseph Jarrell (Heidi), Jessica Michael Drake (Lucas), Jana Michael Berry (Tim), Amanda Bartlett (Jeremy), Kirstin Pace, Karly Pace, Katrina Pace and Kelsey Pace.; his great-grandkids, Emily Jarrell, Laina Drake, Tate Drake, John Ryan Berry, Jacie Berry, Amos Bartlett, Aleigha Bartlett and Amelia Bartlett.
The family will receive visitors from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia, and the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Darrell Pace and Seth Hood will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for world missions. This can be sent to Colbert Heights Baptist Church or Calvary Baptist Church.
The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Deal and the physicians at the Northwest Alabama Cancer Center as well as the Hospice of North Alabama. Special thanks goes to Laura, Sheila, and Tina for hospice care. Thanks also to a loving church family for all you do.
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Morrison Funeral Home - Tuscumbia
825 N Main Street Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Published in Florence Times Daily on Dec. 15, 2013