~ Memorials ~

Over the years,
the Pace Society of America
has had many wonderful members.

This page is a memorial to some of those
who have served the Society.

Roy Johnson

Hear & see
Roy & brother Billy Johnson

play and sing
at Missouri church social event

Eleanor Pace Terrell
Jonesboro, Georgia

(22 May 1907 - 1 Sep 2000)

Eleanor Pace TERRELL, Jonesboro, GA, was a charter member of the Pace Society of America, a lifetime member of the Society's Board of Trustee's, a Pace Family Genealogist, Author and an inspiration to many of us. She was unable to attend the Annual Society Reunion this year in Williamsburg, VA for health reasons and was sorely missed. It was the only reunion she was unable to attend. Always active in community and genealogical affairs, she was forced to lighten her schedule this year after a fall. Shortly after riding in the Annual 4th of July parade in her beloved mountain retreat of Montreat, NC, she suffered a stroke. She succumbed to a heart attack on September 1st at the age of ninety-three. A life-long resident of metropolitan Atlanta, she was married on 19 Nov 1929 to the late Lowell Sylvester TERRELL (18 Dec 1889 - 2 Feb 1988). They were the parents of two daughters and two sons. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was born Eleanor Jackson PACE, the daughter of Daniel Patton PACE (1878 - 1962) and Lillie Beatrice HARRIS (1884 - 1971). She was descended through Richard PACE, IV and his son Silas PACE. This was taken from her unique headstone and from the Pace Society publication, The Pace Family, 1607 - 1750, compiled by her friend and neighbor, Freda Reid TURNER, and edited by Eleanor. This book was compiled from early Society Bulletins and Eleanor's large, genealogical library. Freda is the author of many genealogical books including several for the Pace Society.

Freda Reid TURNER says, "Eleanor was a very fine person. She was a dedicated Mother and all of her children became professional, educated members of their community. She was active in any endeavor in which her children participated. When Noble Hamilton PACE, founder of the Pace Society, visited her father to gather information for his book she became interested in genealogical research. Eleanor provided details for his book, Pace - One of America's Earliest Immigrant Families.

Mrs. Turner, McDonough, GA, continues, "When the Pace Society asked Eleanor to write a book using the history she had compiled we agreed to work together. I visited her home every Wednesday for six months to assist her in the work. She was very knowledgeable and had a vast library on the history of the PACE family as well as other surnames. She was a delight to work with."

In his history, Some Southern Colonial Families, Volume II, 1982, David A. Avant, JR. acknowledged her valuable assistance. Although she is cited throughout this volume under several surnames including PACE, a particularly descriptive testimony by Colonel Avant is found on page 224. In describing her work, he says, "Even the most critical reader will find it not only constructive but fully supported by detailed, factual information and worthy of reference by all serious students of the family."

One of her many distinctive achievements is the unusual headstone marker she had placed on the family plot in 1989. Having located the grindstone from the old Terrell Family Gristmill built about 1880; she had it prepared with a plaque detailing both the Terrell and Pace lineages. On the back is a plaque with the names and dates for her children and grandchildren. It is, literally, a permanent Family Group Sheet and Lineage Chart. The following is taken from her unique, grindstone headstone:

She was TALKATIVE - He was QUIET!
So together they had 58 Happy Years.


They gave their children "Roots & Wings"

Erected by Eleanor P. Terrell in 1989.

A descendant of Richard Pace who D. ca 1625 in Jamestowne, VA

Carole H. ROACH, McDonough, GA, a member of the Society Board of Trustee's says, "We are going to miss her. She was interested in so many things and interesting in so many ways."

Alice Mae Lee
Mount Willing, Alabama

(September 22,1910 - August 11, 2001)

Alice Mae Lee, of Mount Willing, Alabama, died August 11, 2001. A memorial Service was held August 18, 2001 at Levine Baptist Church, Hayneville, AL. Reverend Byron Smith, Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Mount Willing, where Alice was a member and served as clerk since 1959, conducted the services. A cousin, James E. Coleman, gave the Eulogy (see program below). The family received friends in Smith Hall following the services.

Alice Lee was a descendant of Richard Pace V and Sarah Day and their daughter Charlotte Pace and Ludbrook Lee. The Pace Society of America was established in 1963 by Noble Pace and other family members. The first three meetings were held in his home in Columbus, MS. "Miss Alice" was elected Historian at one of the earlier meetings. She held this position until she retired in 1992. Minutes of the Board meeting held that year shows she was honored for having served 24 years as Historian.

During this period of service to the Society she collected a wealth of information about the life and times of the early Pace families in America. Her duties were to collect data and answer question regarding family records. So through the years when anyone asked a question no one else could answer they were told, "ASK MISS ALICE".

Since 1967 the Society meets annually in some city in the United States. Alice did not drive nor would she ride a plane. So when a ride was not available she would ship her records and ride a bus to the meeting. In 1980 the meeting was in Richmond, VA. She went early so that she could unpack her records and have them ready for reviewing when other members got there. When we arrived that year Alice was sick and in the hospital. She insisted on going back to Montgomery to her own doctor for treatment. She was taken by ambulance to Montgomery. She endured many hardships in order to perform her duties and she did so to perfection.

When Alice retired as Historian the Society bestowed the honor of lifetime membership on the Board of Trustees as Historian/Researcher Emeritus. Alice continued to attend meetings and took part in all activities until 1998 when she told me, "I just don't feel like going". Since that time her health continued to decline.

After my retirement in 1984, Alice Lee, Clara Moorer, Lorene Fonville and I went on many trips in search of family records. We stopped at Court Houses, State Archives and College Libraries. And we visited other Pace Society members along the way. Each stop was a planned one for Alice. She knew exactly what she was looking for and where to look for it. She taught me all I know about researching family records.

In 1982 she published her book, Ludbrook and Charlotte Pace Lee, Their Ancestors and Descendants. This book has proven very helpful to all Lee descendants. There is no way to know how many families she helped to find their roots but there have been many more than we could count.

Alice was a lovely and talented lady who was always willing and able to help others find their ancestors. She will be greatly missed by many and especially by me. It was a joy to know her. I count myself indeed fortunate to have been one of her many friends and a relative.

Memorial by: Myrtis H. Watson; Georgiana, AL 36033

Here is a transcription of her obituary:

Miss Alice M. Lee, 90, a resident of Mt. Willing, Alabama, died Saturday, August 11, 2001, in a local nursing facility. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2001, 2:00 PM at the Hayneville Baptist Church in Hayneville, Alabama with Byron Smith officiating. Survivors include one brother, Robert E. Lee, Jr. of Fort Deposit; one sister, Edna Rahn of Mt. Willing, and numerous nieces and nephews. Miss Lee, a noted genealogist, was the former Historian of the Pace Society of America, former historian of the Lowndes County Historical Society, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Mt. Willing Cemetery Fund, c/o Eric Ellis, Fort Deposit, Alabama, 36032.

Ruth Keys Clark
Winchester Kansas

WINCHESTER Kansas - Ruth Keys Clark, 84, Winchester, passed away at her home on Monday, March 7, 2005, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 20, 1920, near Boyle, the daughter of Ross B. and Lola Sloop Keys. She received a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and an master's degree from the University of Illinois. She also did additional graduate work at The University of Kansas for counselor certification and from Kansas State University for certification in gifted education. She worked for four years as a chemist and spent 26 years in public education, teaching all levels, from preschool to university classes. She was a retired school counselor. Ruth was past president of Jefferson County Genealogical Society and the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies. She also served as a tour director for the KCGS, coordinating tours to various repositories and libraries in the United States. She was a member of the Association of Professional Genealogis ts and of the national Genealogical Society. She was a member of and served in various leadership positions for 13 lineage societies. Ruth resided in Winchester for the last 44 years. She was an active member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Winchester. Evidence of the love for the community and her active involvement can be seen through the library, community center, housing authority and city government. She is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Clark, Winchester; a son, Harry Mead Clark and his wife, Elaine, Topeka; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rose O'Neill and Edith Duguid, both of Winchester; and nine nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Winchester. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Barnett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Ms. Clark will lie in state after 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to F riends of Hospice of Jefferson County or to the Winchester Reformed Presbyterian Church and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, Kan. 66066. Published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on 3/9/2005. Guest Book • Flowers • Charities

Ruth Keys Clark, a dedicated Pace researcher, passed away on Monday. She will be greatly missed by so many of us who have known her through the years. I have been truly blessed to have been able to call her friend and "cousin". She was of the John of Middlesex line of Paces.
Rebecca Christensen

Ruth was a sweet intelligent lady. I will miss her as a person and as a researcher on the Pace list as well. I pray that God will send his blessings and his peace to all of her family, friends, and associates. Because of her we are all better researchers.
Jerree & Ray Frazier

Granddaughter of L.L. Pace, Gr Granddaughter of James M. & Cora Ann Davis Pace ( TX & OK), GrGr Granddaughter of Bartley M. & Alice Jarman Pace, GrGrGr Grandau. of Bartley & Elizabeth Taylor Pace, GrGrGrGr Granddau. of Silas Pace II.

Marvin M. Pace

The following was sent to your editor
by Mrs. Estelle Pace Majors, niece of Marvin Pace.
I spoke with her when we learned about Marvin’s death.

OBITUARY — Marvin M. Pace
Greenville, Mississippi

Funeral services for Marvin Monroe Pace, 82, of Greenville, a retired river boat captain and Red Cross volunteer, will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Boone-Wells Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. He died Sept. 8, 2004, at University Medical Center, Jackson. A private family burial will be at Greenville Cemetery.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1922, in Eupora where he received his high school education. At the beginning of World War II, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving his country in the 1226th Service Unit as an airplane and engine mechanic stationed in the Republic of Panama, Central America. He graduated from the Air Mechanics School at Kessler Air Force Base in May 1943. During his service years he was awarded the AAF Tech Badge, the ATO Medal and the World War Ii Victory Medal. He was honorable discharged from the U. S. Air Force on Dec., 8 1945, and returned to the Delta.

Upon his return he was employed by United States Gypsum Company in September 1947 and remained a loyal employee of that company for 37 years, retiring in September, 1984. During this period he was promoted to various positions from mechanic helper to towing superintendent. His personal file notes numerous accolades for leadership and adherence to strict safety standards.

He was an active member of the Pace Society of America, having joined that organization in 1965. He served as membership chairman in 1968 and 1969, as first vice president from June 1969 through June 1971 and as president from June 1971 through June 1980. He remained an active member until the health of Mary Shepherd Pace began to deteriorate and he could no longer attend meetings and participate.

By 1985, Marvin became a volunteer for the American Red Cross. He was recognized as the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in 1986 at the Red Cross Annual Dinner Theater. He was a member of the National Disaster Human Resources System, working disasters from West Virginia to North Carolina to Florida and many disasters in Mississippi. He was a member of the Mississippi Hurricane Watch Team, the Delta Amateur Radio Club and the West Delta Red Cross board of Directors.

For over 50 years, her was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Greenville, serving as an usher.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Shepherd Pace; a stepson, Champ Terney; and a granddaughter, Taylor Powers Terney.

Survivors include his wife, Billye Claxton Pace; a son, Philip Terney (Lynda); a stepson, Scott Edwards (Karan); a stepdaughter, Mary Louise “Totty” Bishop (Clark)’ step-grandchildren, Dr. David L. Merideth, Dr. Phillip T. Merideth (Courtney), Melynda Terney Parker (Rodney), Merideth Terney Nerren (Ted), Mary Elizabeth Terney Jackson and Kaymyn Edwards’ numerous step-great-grandchildren,; two brothers-in-law, Gerald Claxton and F> t. Shepherd; and three sisters-in-law, Nancy Claxton Riddle, Jane Webb Shepherd and Mattyle Lee Shepherd.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross.

The Rev. F. T. “Ted” Shepherd will officiate. Lillian Schultz, Dr. Nancy Dorman and Gerald Claxton will provide music.

Visitation will be held in the chapel of the First Baptist Church chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be sent to the American Red Cross, 145 N. Shelby St., Greenville, MS 38701-3644

Marvin M. Pace

In Memory
By Jane S. Shelton

Many will remember Marvin M. Pace, member of the Pace Society from 1965 until his death September 8, 2004. He served actively for many years in various positions, and was president from June 1971 through June 1986. All persons with whom I spoke about Marvin remember him as a very likable person, dynamic, fun loving and a great leader of the Pace Society of America. They have shared of how much they enjoyed his company at the annual meetings. He was always fun to be around. As a leader, he moved the Society forward.

Some time after his first wife, Mary Shepherd Pace, died he married Billye Elaxton and he and Billye attended a few meetings. That is when I met Marvin. Several of us tried to contact him to seek his advice on Society business, but without success. Marvin had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

We are all saddened to learn of this loss to his family and to the Pace Society.


In speaking to his niece, Estelle Pace Majors of Brandon, Mississippi I learned some things about his family.

Marvin was the youngest son of William Pace and Mary Millis Johnson. He had brothers Curry, Elmer, Bervie, and Nathaniel Allsie Pace. Estelle is the daughter of Allsie, and she remembers what a special uncle Marvin was.

Marvin’s father, William Pace, who died about 1940, and mother, Mary Johnson Pace are buried At Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery in Webster Co., MS.

If anyone is connected to this family ancestry and would be willing to share information with Estelle Pace Majors please contact her at : (601) 824-2916. She is trying to learn where Marvin’s research is located.


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