Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”
In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.
Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on June 23, 2017, and has moved on to his heavenly home. CSM Charles Davis Pace (Ret), age 70, who had served within the 134th Combat Support Hospital and 213th Medical Brigade, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.
It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.
Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.
Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.
Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:
Charles Davis Pace, 70, a resident of Madison, MS, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017. Charles was born on January 30, 1947, in Jackson, MS, to Thomas Marvin and Mary Mabry Pace. Mr. Pace was Corporate Director of Governmental Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi where he worked for 25 years. He is the former Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Mississippi. He served in the Mississippi Army National Guard for 28 years where he retired as Command Sergeant Major of the 213th Medical Brigade.
Mr. Pace lived a life of service, and his honors, awards, and affiliations are too numerous to list. He was a long-time resident of Clinton, MS, and an active member of Northside Baptist Church. Presently, he belonged to the First Baptist Church of Madison. He was a man of the utmost honor and integrity who loved God, family and country. Charles will be missed forever by those who knew and loved him.
Mr. Pace is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathy; daughters, Jennifer Gordy (Kyle) of Dallas, TX and Melissa Overholt (Trent) of Manhattan Beach, CA; his favorite people— his grandchildren, Jack and Charlie Gordy of Dallas, Jesse Merle, Mabry, and Walker Overholt of Manhattan Beach; his brothers: Joe Pace (Mabel) of Aberdeen, MS, Tommy Pace (Patsy) of Terry, MS, Pete Walker (Denise) of Madison, MS, Johnny Walker (Jean) of Madison, MS, and Jim Walker of Madison, MS; beloved nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date.