Nathaniel Ardis Pace

April 1, 1925 - July 4, 2017

04/01/1925 - 07/04/2017

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An old jokester born on April Fool’s Day 1925 in Wiggins, MS, away peacefully on July 4. Always a singer and yodeler, he was author of The Excess Male and wrote many songs including Amazing Grass.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sylvia Jane Vaught Pace; his eldest son, Jeffrey B. Pace and his partner, Teresa Hammock; grandsons, Justin Edgerton, Jeremiah Hahn, Robert Garza, John Garza and Alexander Garza and 9 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his youngest son, Walter W. Pace.
Nate served as a Marine Raider during WWII and saw action at Bougainville, Gaum, Marianas Island, Okinawa, Rykuyu Islands and the occupation of Japan. He always said the most dangerous place was New Zealand, as the fathers there were very protective of their daughters.
After the war he worked at Ross Island Reptile Institute in Silver Springs FL, milking rattlesnakes and wrestling alligators. He received his college degree in Maryland and worked in DC as a telegram runner. For 34 years, he was a Customs and Immigration Officer serving in Texas, Maine, Georgia, and Virginia.
His favorite hobby was to sing and tell jokes at open mic nights at the various clubs and churches around the Tidewater area.
A memorial will be July 19 at Craft 60 Ale House in Denbigh at 9:30 pm. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the American Heart Association.

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6 years ago

I’ve lost another Dad. Love to your family.

Doug and Nannette Stickles
6 years ago

What a great man will be missed by all.

Mandy Brooks
6 years ago

I’m so sorry for the loss of such an inspiring soul. He always brightened my soul and smile everytime I saw him perform. I remember the first time I saw him walk into Craft 60 for open mic with his beautiful lady. Who is amazing herself. I was thinking I wonder what he’s gonna be doing, and he blew us all away with his jokes and songs. He was loved and will be greatly missed in our local music community. Heaven has gained an awesome soul. Rest in peace my friend until we meet again.

6 years ago

Sorry for the loss of your dear love one. May you find comfort in God’s promise when no resident will say:” l am sick.” Isaiah 33:24