Bobby Stone Pace, a long-time resident of the Louisville area, died Saturday, February 27, in Avon Lake, OH.
Born in 1933 in Bowling Green, KY, he was preceded in death by his parents, Irene Y. Pace and Clyde H. Pace, as well as his brothers William Pace, James Wallace Pace, his sister Dorothy Jones, and his loving wife of 52 years, Sally Smith Pace. He was raised in Louisville and graduated from Male High School in 1951. He served the United States Air Force from 1951-1955, graduated Kilgore Junior College in 1957, and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Transylvania University in 1959. At Transylvania, he played basketball under C.M. Newton, where he lettered and served as co-captain his senior year. He earned an MA in education from Eastern Kentucky University in 1965 and taught history and was the head basketball coach at Valley High School from 1965-1970.
Beginning in 1970, he worked as a field agent for the Defense Investigative Service and served as Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville office from 1982 until his retirement in 1991. He then started his own investigation company, Pace Background Investigations, and worked as an investigator for the Kentucky Department of Education until he retired permanently in 2013.
He served his community and his church faithfully. He was a long-time member of Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church, where he served numerous committees and was a stalwart there for over 40 years. He served the South Oldham Lions Club, spearheading a drive to build the first library in the area. He also served the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame for nearly three decades. He is a member of the Transylvania University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Louisville Male High School Hall of Fame.
He loved nothing more than traveling, spending time with his large coterie of friends and family, grilling on the back deck, watching a college basketball game, and enjoying a tumbler of Old Forester. He was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox, the University of Kentucky football program, and he supported the basketball teams from all Kentucky schools, never playing favorites during the annual Kentucky-Louisville clash.
He is survived by his son Tom, his daughter-in-law, Jennfer Marcy, and three grandchildren, Zoe, Maxwell, and Elijah, as well as his nephew James E. Jones, and his grandnieces, Andrea, Allison, Lauren, and Blair.
Funeral service will be Monday, 11 AM, Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church with burial to follow in Floydsburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday 1-4 PM, Stoess Funeral Home, 6534 West Hwy 22, Crestwood, KY.
Memorial contributions may be made to South Oldham Lions Club, P.O. Box 107, Pewee Valley, KY 40056. condolences:www.stoessfuneralhome.com
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