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):
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If you have any questions, please contact Pensacola Memorial Gardens at 850-944-0355.
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