Charles David Pace, 89, of Hendersonville, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at
A native of Saluda and Hendersonville, Charles was born to the late Claude and Inez Pace; he is
also predeceased by brothers, George, Lewis, Leverl, Sam, Ralph, Tony (CT) Pace; and a sister,
Flossie Mae Atkins.
After graduating from Saluda High School, Charles worked for Berkeley Mills, American Enka,
Stonecutter Mills of Mills Springs, and Steelcase of Asheville. Charles met the love of his life,
Ruth Garren, and the two were married on July 2, 1955.
Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing and various sports. After retirement he enjoyed traveling
with Ruth, volunteering at Immaculata School, and working each Christmas for The Bounty of
Bethlehem. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports at Hendersonville High School
and never missed an opportunity to be with his family whether it was at a dance recital or at the
Flat Rock Playhouse.
Left to cherish Charles’ memory are his wife of almost sixty-six years, Ruth Amanda Garren
Pace; a daughter, Deborah Pace Rouse and her husband, Turner Morrison Rouse, Sr. of Flat
Rock; a son, Steven Charles Pace of Etowah; grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Rouse Rankin and
her husband, Claude Squires Rankin, Jr., of London, England; Turner Morrison Rouse, Jr. and
his fiancée, Hannah Richter, of New York, NY; and great-grandchildren, Jack Belo Rankin and
Charles Squires Rankin, also of London, England. Charles is also survived by sisters, Lola Mae
Gossett of Wellford, SC, Esther Wilson of Mountain Home and Diana Byrd of Lake Helen, FL;
and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Meals on
Wheels/The Henderson County Council on Aging, 105 King Creek Blvd., Hendersonville, NC
28792, or The Pardee Hospital Foundation, 561 Fleming Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Four Seasons Palliative Care and The Elizabeth House,
The Brian Center of Hendersonville, The Landings of Mills River, Carolina Pines of Asheville,
Pardee Hospital, Dr. Ed Lilly and staff, Dr. Ron Moffitt and staff, Henderson County Emergency
Management Services, each of his home caregivers, and especially Martha Todd, FNP and the
staff of WNC Family Medical Center.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be announced at a later date.