Stephen Pace Jr., who served as a member of the military escort during President Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral and who later served as Houston County district attorney, died Tuesday. He was 91.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Perry United Methodist Church, with burial at 3 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Americus. The family will receive friends at the church from 10-11 a.m. Thursday.
Pace, the son of the late U.S. Rep. Stephen Pace and Grace Ragan Pace, was attending Emory University in 1941 when he was appointed a cadet at the United States Military Academy, according to his obituary.
After his discharge from the Army, he obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia and in 1957 was named executive secretary for U.S. Sen. Walter F. George, for whom Mercer University’s law school is named.
In 1975, Pace was appointed district attorney for the Houston County Judicial Circuit, where he served until 1981 and was named district attorney emeritus. He was then appointed director of development for Andrew College, where he served from 1983 to 1987.
A member of Perry United Methodist Church, Pace was a lay leader and a member of the Administrative Board as well as a Sunday School teacher for years.
He also served as president of the Perry Kiwanis Club and as lieutenant governor for the division in 1969 and 1970. He was named Man of the Year for the Ingleside Kiwanis Club in Macon, and in 1998 was named Kiwanian of the Year for the Perry club.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Grace Greene, two sons, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Watson-Hunt Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.