Homer Pace, 95, died on April 12, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born March 31, 1919 in Monticello. He was a 1939 graduate of Drew Central High School, a World War II veteran and a 1949 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BS in Agriculture.
Upon graduation from Drew Central, Mr. Pace served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1939 to 1941 before entering the United States Army in 1942 at Camp Robinson. During his time in the Army, he completed training as a pharmacy technician reaching his final ranking of Technician Fifth Grade, 154th General Hospital of the Medical Corps. He served in England during World War II and was honorably discharged from Fort Chaffee in 1945.
He attended the University of Arkansas, graduating in 1949. After graduation, he began teaching at Portland before moving to teach veterans in Decatur.After teaching veterans in Huntsville, Ark., he taught in Grapevine, Rison, Cotton Plant, Warren and Wilmar. In all, he taught for 14 years in the field of Agriculture and was certified to teach agriculture, chemistry and biology.
A retired postal worker, Mr. Pace served as Postmaster in Wilmar before transferring positions to Wilmar’s rural carrier. He retired in 1983 after 21 years of service.
Having numerous positions and affiliations, Mr. Pace served as president of the Lions Club, president of Drew County Farm Bureau Board (and member since 1957), and president of the Drew County Fair Board for 21 (and member for 34 years).
He also served as president of the Arkansas State Singing Convention, was a member of the Drew County School Board, the PTA, American Legion, a 50 year member of the United Commercial Travelers and a Drew Central Hall of Fame member.
He was a member of the Green Hill Methodist Church.
Mr. Pace enjoyed farming, often selling his goods from his back patio where people from all over would come to purchase vegetables and visit. Most would generally leave with more than they purchased as he would always have them take a watermelon. He enjoyed sitting on the back patio with family and friends and enjoyed traveling from state to state to attend annual gospel singings. He was raised on gospel music and taught it to his family as his father had taught him.
Mr. Pace was preceded in death by his father, William Alonzo (Lonnie) Pace and his mother, Susie Agnes Wigley Pace; five brothers, Bill Pace, Herman Pace, Woodrow Pace, Bo Pace and Rastus Pace; one sister, Gaynell Pace and one great-granddaughter, Peyton Self.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Aneta; five children, Gay Young and husband Mike, Joy Lawson and husband Danny and Gary Pace and wife Becky, all of Wilmar, Tommy Pace and wife Linda of White Hall and Grant Pace and wife Gay of Monticello; four sisters, Louise Barnes, Faye Wiggam and May Hobbs, all of Wilmar and Cleora Crook of Monticello; one sister-in-law, Leola Pace of Wilmar; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Pace loved his family and was always thankful for his many friends.
Visitation is April 14, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Funeral services are April 15, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Green Hill Cemetery on Green Hill Road in Drew County.
Memorials may be made to:
Hospice Home Care
990 U.S. Highway 425 N.
Monticello, AR. 71655
P.O. Box 424
Crossett, AR. 71635