Victor Pace

Victor Pace

Victor Mangum Pace, 86, affectionately known as Grandan, peacefully went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. He was born in Wake County on April 2, 1937 to the late Charlie Boy and Annie Ruth Mangum Pace. Vic grew up on a farm in Zebulon and graduated from Wakelon High School in 1956. He was married to the love of his life, Elizabeth Dean Richardson, for 40 years, until her passing in 1998.

Vic was an active, faithful member of Wakefield Central Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a founding member of the Zebulon Area Rescue Squad where he served for many years.

Vic was a lifelong farmer. He had a love for the land and a strong work ethic. He was awarded the Wake County Conservation Farm Family of the Year for 1996. Grandan was mischievous and enjoyed playing many pranks on family and friends. He enjoyed life and made people laugh with his endless one liners. He was very passionate about farming, horses, family and his time spent in the mountains on Wagon Trains with his buddies. He was a favorite to many, always sharing joy and kindness with those around him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Elizabeth Dean Richardson; brothers: Charles Wayne and Bobby Allen Pace; sisters: Margaret Whitley, Rose Gay and Ruth Collins.

He is survived by his children Marlys Pace Horton (Gray), Timothy Mangum Pace (Linda) and Laurie Pace Hicks (Brandon) all of Wendell. Grandchildren Cameron Horton Zurn (Graig), Tyler Horton (Lily), Ashley Pace Massey (David), Travis Pace (Meagan), Bailey Hicks and Carsyn Hicks; great grandchildren: Charlotte Zurn, Emme James Zurn and Everett Massey; and sister, Julia Creech (Penny) of Zebulon; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to special caregivers Pam, Punkin and Tracy; Elishibah, Francis and Timothy with Compassionate Guardians; Heather from Transitions LifeCare.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wakefield Central Baptist Church or Wakefield Central Baptist Church Preschool Scholarship Fund, 308 Proctor Street, Zebulon, NC 27597.

Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 pm, Thursday at Wakefield Central Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be 10 am, Friday at Wakefield Central Baptist Church Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W.Third St.., Wendell, NC, 27591.


  • Brian Mize Posted February 28, 2024 10:49 pm

    A good man who enjoyed life and those around him, not many of these true men left.

  • Wanda Jackson Posted February 29, 2024 6:34 am

    “Mr. Vic” was certainly one of a kind. My family enjoyed wagon training with him. He did enjoy his life and lived it to its fullest. Every night, until he got sick, Terry would make his nightly call to “Victrola” to make sure he had been “productive” that day, see how much it rained at his house, or to just chat with him. He will be missed by many people but oh how happy he is to be with “Mrs. Dean” again! Remember ALL of the good times!

  • doug vaughan Posted February 29, 2024 9:45 am

    Sorry for your lost, heaven just got a good

  • Nancy and Rhonda Boykin Posted February 29, 2024 10:16 am

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Vic was a special man and loved by all who met and knew him. Wakefield Central Baptist Church lost a great Christian man. He will be greatly missed.

  • Glen Zechariah Marshall Posted February 29, 2024 12:37 pm

    May you find comfort in God’s Word
    II Corinthians 5

  • Tammy Pearce Augsburger Posted March 1, 2024 7:27 am

    Tim, Marlys and Laurie
    My sincere condolences in the passing of Mr Vic. I always loved admiring his mules as I passed by the Home Place going to and fro. May the prayers of peace and comfort and the love and supportive family and friends sustain you at this time of sadness.

  • Vickie Clay Posted March 1, 2024 6:24 pm

    Vic Pace – The man, the myth and the legend. Marlys, Tim, Laurie and family ~ my heart and thoughts are with you. Hannah let me know of your Dad’s passing. The blessings of having a good strong dad in your lives is a gift/blessing… the loss of that presence leaves a huge gaping void. The rough edge of grief has to be endured until we can feel the peace and joy in knowing he lived a life WELL LIVED and is now reunited with the love of his life, your Mom, and others who went before him. I send my condolences and prayers for your comfort in the days to come.

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