Houston Chronicle




Forrest Wilson Pace, Sr., (88), of Tomball passed away after a heart attack on January 12, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Houston. He was married to Barbara “Bobby” Sutton Pace and they raised an amazing family of four children during their 64 years of marriage.

Born in Gulfport, Mississipp­i, he was the son of Joseph Vernon Pace, Sr. and Ruth Cox Pace. He graduated from Mississipp­i State University where he obtained a degree in Geology. He was a pilot in the US Air Force and Louisiana National Guard having attained the rank of Captain. He started what would become a 32-year career in the petroleum E&P industry as a geophysici­st with Exxon (initially via Carter Oil Company and Esso) and then subsequent­ly with Aminoil, Kerr-McGee, and TXO.

He was a wonderful father and a mentor to many. He was also a private pilot, beekeeper, wood worker, custom home builder, auto mechanic (Fords only, please) – he could build practicall­y anything out of wood. His numerous porch swings serve as memorials to his life and passion. He loved Mississipp­i State University and was an avid fan of the Astros.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bobby; brother Richard Simpson Pace and Margie Pace; children Leah Pace Lanier and Norm Lanier; Lynn Pace Stallones and Kyle Stallones; Forrest W. “Woody” Pace, Jr and Cheryl Pace, Michael Clifton Pace and James Loss-Wells; eight grandchild­ren; and three great grandchild­ren.

Per his wishes, his body was donated to the Willed Body Program at University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston. The family, on his behalf, asks all friends and family to consider entering into a donor program. A private memorial service will be scheduled in the future.

Memorial donations can be made to the Forrest W. Pace, Sr. Endowed Scholarshi­p in Geology at the Mississipp­i State University Foundation via their website www. msufoundat­ion.com.

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