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Robert Newman Pace

Born: Tue., Jun. 17, 1919
Died: Wed., Jun. 1, 2011

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Dr. Robert Newman Pace, 91, of Bowling Green, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

The Cumberland County native was born June 17, 1919, to the late Henry Schooling Pace and Leta B. Pace. Dr. Pace was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Tynes Pace, two brothers, Lawrence Pace and William Pace, and sisters, Margo Blakey, Dorothy Thomas and Doris Butler.


Dr. Pace practiced dentistry in Bowling Green for nearly 50 years. He was a graduate of Bowling Green High School, Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where he received a doctorate in dental medicine in 1951.

He was a member and elder emeritus of First Christian Church, where he also sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for several years. Dr. Pace enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and then served his country stateside until the end of World War II, when he was honorably discharged as Corporal Pace.

In 1951, Dr. Pace worked with other community leaders to initiate the local health departments first dental clinic to provide dental care to underserved children of the community. He later served on the advisory committee to help establish the dental hygiene program at Western.

He was a life member of the Kentucky Dental Association and American Dental Association, past president of the Pennyrile Dental Society, president and lieutenant governor of Civitan and a member of the Delta Sigma Delta fraternity, the Mammoth Cave Association, the Caveman Chorus, and a charter member of Lancaster Lectureship Society.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at First Christian Church with burial at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the church the day of the funeral. Survivors include one son, Reverend Steven Pace and his wife, Fawn, of Frankfort; three daughters, Amy Hunter and her husband, Samuel Hunter, of Jacksonville, FL, Mary Julia Pace and her husband, Scott Furkin, of Louisville, and Bonny Petty and her husband, Patrick, of Bowling Green; eight grandchildren, Samuel F. Hunter III and his wife, Angela, of Glasgow, Sarah Hunter-Smith and her husband, Denny, of Atlanta, GA, Nathaniel Hunter and his wife, Adriana, of West Palm Beach, FL, Bethany Furkin and Alyssa Furkin of Louisville, Michael Petty and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lexington, Mary Grace Petty and Joseph Petty of Bowling Green; four great-grandchildren, Samuel F. Hunter IV of Glasgow, Turner Smith and Kathlyn Smith of Atlanta, GA, Noah Hunter and Jonah Hunter of West Palm Beach, FL, and one sister, Betty Worrell of Naples, Fl. Donations can be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Gifts Fund, 1106 State Street, Bowling Green, Ky., 42101, or the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimers Association, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205, online at www.alz.org/kyin. Obituary courtesy of Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home, Burkesville, KY

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