Robert H. Pace

Published 3:28 pm Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Robert H. Pace, 87, of 533 Chisholm Street, Saluda, died Friday, October 1, 2010 at his home.

Born in Saluda, he was the son of the late M. A. and Mintie Guice Pace. He was the owner and proprietor of M.A. Pace General Store in Saluda that his father began in 1899. A former insurance and real estate broker, he was also co-owner of Western-Auto in Saluda.

Mr. Pace was a graduate of Saluda High School and a 1945 graduate of Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C. He served on many committees and boards that were instrumental in bringing First Citizens Bank and Autumn Care Nursing Home to Saluda.&bsp; He also served on the board of directors of Carolina Mountain Bank, Hendersonville, N.C.

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Robert had been very active in the community and the First Baptist Church of Saluda, in which he was a member.

Surviving is his daughter, Kay Pace Richardson and her husband Craig of Clinton, N.C.; granddaughter Lindsay R. Matthews and her husband Jake and great-granddaughter Olivia. all of Clinton, N.C.; brother Mack A. Pace and his wife Frances and family of Dallas, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Lou Maynard Pace, sisters, Lessie Pace Thompson, Eunice Pace, Euva Pace Franklin and brother Nolan Pace.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2010 in the Saluda First Baptist Church, with Pastor David Webb officiating.

Burial will be in Saluda City Cemetery, Saluda.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday night, Oct. 3, 2010 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

Memorials may be made to the Saluda Center, C/O Senior Meals 64 Greenville St., Saluda, N.C. 28773 or to the First Baptist Church of Saluda, 213 Henderson Street, Saluda, N.C. 28773.

An online guest register may be signed at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.