November 8, 1937 – September 16, 2022

James M. Pace, Jr., 84, of Bainbridge, GA, died Friday, September 16, 2022.

Information about the memorial service will be announced early next week.

Online visitors can sign the guest register at www.bryantfuneralga.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society, 1250 Cox Avenue, Bainbridge, GA 39819.

James Monroe Pace, Jr. was born November 8, 1937 in Valdosta, Georgia, the son of James Monroe Pace, Sr. and Elizabeth Taylor Pace. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School, Class of 1955, and the University of Georgia, Class of 1962. Jim practiced law for 56 years. During this tenure, he served as a State Court Judge and a Municipal Court Judge. For years he was active in the First Baptist Church and later became a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

You can expect a sharp wit and a dry sense of humor almost any day or any occasion. Even in his last days, “the judge” was cracking jokes with his half-smile. He loved people and loved serving them. In his younger years, Jim was active with the Jaycees and the Lion’s Club. He was a Bearcat football announcer giving play-by-play. Jim’s nature was “to know” and he did. He sometimes called people and said, “Tell me what you know about…”. He had a fondness for music, not only playing French horn, piano and organ, but also singing. He even acted a little. Most who knew him well knew he could be his own one-act play. Jim loved woodworking and boating. Every Wednesday, you could find him chewing fat, keeping up with the news and enjoying the antics of his fellow members at the Wednesday evening OFC meeting.

Survivors include his children, Sharon Pace Proudfoot (Harry) of Brunswick, Susan Pace Foster (Brian) of Marietta, Linda Kathryn Pace also of Marietta, Emily Pace McCoy (Mark) of Athens, Sean McGraw (Karly) of Jacksonville, FL , and Brian McGraw also of Jacksonville; his grandchildren, Abby Elizabeth Foster and Samantha Joy Foster; her step-grandchildren, Liam, Kadyn, Madison, Meagan, Eva and Toby; and her siblings, Betty Pace Dozier, John Pace and Gail Pace Akin. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife, Suzanne Glorieux Pace.

The Bryant Funeral Home, located at 105 N. Florida Street, is helping the family make arrangements. (229-246-3321)