Jim Pace • July 10, 2022



James Aldrich “Jim” Pace, 83, passed away at his home on July 10, 2022.

Jim was born September 13, 1938 in Mobile, Alabama. He then lived in Anderson, South Carolina (1942-50) before moving to Pensacola, where he lived most of his life.

After graduating from Pensacola High School in 1956, Jim attended and graduated from Pensacola Junior College. He went on to Southern Mississippi, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Science. He then received a Master of Arts from The University of Alabama.

Jim worked over 30 years for the Escambia County School System. Some of his positions were Visiting Teacher, Teacher at Bellview Middle School, Supervisor of Judy Andrews Center and Petree Center (1969-70), Director of Exceptional Education (1970-78), Principal of Pleasant Grove Elementary (1978-80), and Principal of Sherwood Elementary (1980-92).

Jim met the love of his life, Dorothy “Nell” Akridge, while both were teaching at Bellview Middle School in 1961. They were married on June 13, 1962. They had twin sons, James (Jimmy) Akridge Pace and Thomas (Tommy) Aldrich Pace.

Jim had many hobbies and interests through the years, including

Restored Volkswagens Beetles and entering car shows.
painting and painted many pictures for family and friends.
Loved history, genealogy research and put together several binders about his family’s history.
Traveling, camping and fishing.
Collecting coins, model cars and model railroads.
A fan of The University of Alabama Football team. He enjoyed wearing his Crimson Tide apparel, going to their football games and watching the games together with his family and friends. Roll Tide!

Enjoyed sharing time with his wife, sons, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Ardis Pace and Lyda Mae McKee; and two brothers, Joseph Benjamin Pace and William Franklin Pace.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy “Nell” Akridge; two sons, James (Amy) Pace and Thomas (Tina) Pace; six grandchildren, Kyle, Victoria(Tori), Reid, Tristan, Lainey, step-granddaughter Tayler; and one great-grandson, Theodore.

A visitation will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Friday, July 15, 2022 from 2pm until the service begins at 3pm.

The service will be available via live webcast for anyone that cannot attend. You may watch the webcast live and/or for 90 days after day of service by entering this website address into one of the compatible browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a Windows computer/phone or Safari on an Apple Mac/iPhone):
https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1220051

Webcast will not be available till 5 minutes before the service.

The password for viewing this webcast has been set to: 22153
If you have any questions, please contact Pensacola Memorial Gardens at 850-944-0355.

  1. Cynthia Green Dean says:

    We will miss Jimmy at our PHS 1956 Reunions and Socials.

  2. Patsy S Stone says:

    Nell, I’m so sorry for your loss. There are no words to express
    the sadness you are feeling at this time. You have been an excellent caretaker & wife for many years
    but especially the past few years. Hope you can find comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering & is in a better
    Place. My thoughts are with you & your family during this difficult time! Hugs, Patsy Stone

  3. Our condolences, Nell, upon Jim’s passing. We have not forgotten him.
    On behalf of our members, and club president Wild Bill Tucker
    Rare Air Emerald Coast Volkswagen Club

  4. Margaret Griffin says:

    Dear Nell and family, Bill and I are so so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You and Jim, in your long marriage and faithful devotion to each other, your children and your grandchildren has always been an inspiration. God bless you and keep in these difficult days. Peace, Annie and Bill Griffin

  5. Maxine says:

    Nell, God bless you and your Family.

  6. Jimmy Brittain says:

    So sorry to hear this Nell. Prayers for you and the family. I always loved talking with him and all the fun we had at Sherwood. I always kept telling him I loved his Bama Volkswagen. He will be missed but pain free now. He was always a giving man. I loved using his Bama Alumni ticket order forms! RIP Mr. Pace! Condolences Ms. Nell

  7. Robert Sanders says:

    My prayers go out to you, Nell and family. May He see you through this difficult time. Jim was well known amongst the old guard of the VW club and youngsters like myself wish we knew him more. Jim will be sincerely missed. God bless.

  8. Patsy Enfinger says:

    Jim was a great guy. Our sons went to Sherwood and I served as President of the PTA board.

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