Mrs. Shirle Holder Pace 77, of Graham, NC passed away on April 13, 2022 at the Hospice Home in Burlington. Born in Waco, Texas, member of six children and two parent family. Shirle gave her life to Jesus Christ at age nine and always made Him the center of her life. Her family moved from a country farm into Killeen at a young age, living just a few blocks from the Army base Ft. Hood. She and her siblings grew up in the house that her father expanded as more children were born into the family. She graduated from the local Killeen High School and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Homemaking from the University Mary Hardin-Baylor. She met Jerry Pace via an early computer dating service while Jerry was stationed at Ft. Hood. Married in Belton, TX, in August 1967, they moved to Garland, TX after Jerry returned from two tours in the Vietnam War. Shirle had three children there, creating a home around Jesus Christ and teaching each of them to love the LORD. The family then moved to Round Rock, TX in 1978. Staying active in the local First Baptist Church, Shirle also secured a Master’s degree in Science Education. The family moved to Forest, MS in 1984 for a brief period, then moved again to Graham, NC. Shirle taught at the local high schools for several years, until her children moved out on their own. She and Jerry attended Fellowship Baptist Church in Burlington, NC, and then Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC, until their health prohibited travel. Shirle loved to grow flowers and vegetables at each of her homes during her life and kept up with health science news while retired. She was a known for putting others needs above her own, but nothing put a smile on her face like her grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Jeremy H. Pace, Jerrold H. Pace and wife Crystal Durden Pace, and Sherel M. Bradshaw and husband Tommy Bradshaw; her grandchildren, Margaret LeeAnn Pace and James Michael Tucker Pace; siblings, William Winston Holder, Janice Holder O’Banon, Robert W. Holder, Debra Holder Musgrove and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Harold Pace; her parents, Woodrow Wilson Holder and Bessie Frances Prater Holder and a brother, John W. Holder. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM On Saturday April 16, 2022 at the Old Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Raleigh located at 11600 Durant Rd. Raleigh, NC 27614 with the Dr. Shannon Scott officiating. Burial will follow alongside her husband in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM on Friday April 15, 2022 at the McClure Funeral Home in Graham. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Vernon Baptist church Children's Ministry, 7600 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615. McClure Funeral Service in Graham is assisting the family.
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