Obituary- John James Pace, Jr.

Dec 4th, 2017 | By | Category: News, Obituaries

John James Pace, Jr. (Jim), 80, passed away Thursday, November 16th. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a retired farmer, cattleman, and horseman. Jim was born in Franklin, Virginia to the late John J. Pace and Sarah Pickard Pace.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Billie Ann Pace; three sons John, III (Betsy), Ben (Margaret), and Andy (Amy); a sister, Sue Walker Pace Rector; grandchildren Charles, Sara, Will, and Malcolm Pace; nephews Michael and Jim Rector; niece Sarah Rector Amigone; several cousins, a great-niece, and several great-nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Anne Pace Boepple and her husband Graf Boepple and brother-in-law David Rector.

Mr. Pace spent much of his life involved in civic activities. He was a longtime member of Rotary International, serving as President of the Martin, Tennessee Chapter. His service was noted and was named a Paul Harris Fellow at a young age. He also took an interest in local politics, serving in several roles for the Democratic Party in both Weakley County, Tennessee and Franklin, Virginia and worked as the West Tennessee Campaign Coordinator for former Knoxville Mayor Randy Tyree in his bid for Governor in 1982. He was an active member of the Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Board of Directors and numerous committees.

Mr. Pace was a longtime enthusiast and owner of Tennessee Walking and American Saddlebred Horses. He was a co-owner with trainer Jimmy McConnell for Jimmy’s first World Championship aboard the three-year-old walking mare Copy’s Coquette in 1970. He was most recently a partner in his family’s Hashe Stables along with wife Billie Ann, son Andy, and daughter-in-law Amy.
The Scoop send our condolences to the Pace Family.

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