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William “Bill” Lee Pace, 93

William “Bill” Lee Pace, 93

East Flat Rock- William “Bill” Lee Pace, 93, died on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Elizabeth House surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents; J. Willie and Alice G. Anders Pace.

Bill was a native of Henderson County and in June of 1944 married the love of his life, Jeanne in Spartanburg, SC. Together they raised two daughters and two sons while he was a self employed building and painting contractor. He served many customers over the years through his business Ace Building and Painting. He enjoyed playing the trombone for over 80 years and had perfect attendance in the Rotary Club for over 60 years. Bill was active in the Hendersonville Symphony, and Buddy-K Band and the Community band. He enjoyed playing golf but especially loved to read his Bible. He loved to tell jokes and stories to anybody that would listen, as he never met a stranger, but nothing topped the love he had for his family and Henderson County. Local history has it that he was a descendant of Solomon Jones who was a pioneer road builder of Western North Carolina and Henderson County.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne and their two daughters; Alice-Marie Darnell and her husband Tony of Huntersville, NC, and Karen Davis and her husband Gene of Mills River, NC and two sons; Bill Pace, Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Raleigh, NC and Terry Pace and his wife Becky of Winston Salem, NC, two brothers; Roy Lee Johnson and his wife Peggy of East Flat Rock, NC and Robert Johnson and his wife Barbara of Woodruff, SC and one sister; Julia Ann Mullis and her husband Jake of Macon, GA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews plus several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM in the Mausoleum Chapel at Shepherd Memorial Park with Chaplain John Mason officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 PM prior to the service at the Park.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Hendersonville – Charitable Corporation at P.O. Box 901, Hendersonville, NC 28793 or of the donor’s choice.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.