Mr. Arno Alfred Pace, 94, of Madison died on October 4, 2011.
He was born November 29, 1916 in Wiggins, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents William W. Pace and Nina Mae (Breland) Pace; also preceded by brothers, Wilburn Pace and Benjamin Pace, sisters, Bonnie Pace and Sally Pace, Willie Mae Pace, Adele Pace and Selma Pace.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha Manus Pace of Madison; a brother, Nathaniel A. Pace of Newport News, VA and several nieces and nephews.
When he was young he discovered an ability to play the guitar and harmonica. He served in the U. S. Army during WWII. After being injured during the war, he used his musical ability to help entertain other soldiers. During this time he met other entertainers like Bob Hope through the USO. Mr. Pace also wrote many songs, recorded some albums and helped other musicians working on their albums. During his life he also had acting parts in several movies, including one with Gene Autry. Mr. Pace attended the Cowboy Church in Nashville. He was also a member of the Inglewood VFW.
Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 10 AM-8 PM. Funeral services will be Friday, October 7, 2011 at 2 PM in the Smith Funeral Home chapel. Dave Davis and Harry Yates will officiate. Interment will follow in Manus Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. (615)563-5337 www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net