Obituaries for Friday, September 12, 2008

Published 5:00 am Friday, September 12, 2008

Pauline Bailey Moak

Pauline Bailey Moak, of Brookhaven, died Wednesday night, Sept.10, 2008, at the Golden Living Center of Brook Manor Nursing Centerin Brookhaven. She passed peacefully, attended by her husband andsons, coincidentally on her 82nd birthday. Her life will becelebrated with a memorial service at noon Saturday, Sept. 13, atRiverwood Family Funeral Service Chapel followed by a privategraveside interment.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m., one hour prior to the serviceat the funeral home chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. GregWarnock, Dr. Robert E. Self and the Rev. Mac Massey.

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Mrs. Moak was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Lincoln County, to Venceand Irma Greenlee Bailey. She was a graduate of Bogue Chitto HighSchool and Copiah-Lincoln Junior College and attended MississippiState College, now a university. She was married Dec. 22, 1946, toJoseph Samuel Moak. He now survives her after almost 62 years oflife together.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Moak is survived by her sons,Dr. Joseph S. Moak Jr. and Dr. Edward S. Moak, and their wives,Linda and Patti, all of Brookhaven. She leaves six grandchildren,Samuel, Anna C., Rosemary, Sydney, Edward and Whitney. Alsosurviving her are two brothers, Vence Bailey Jr., of Brookhaven,and Robert E. Bailey, of Camas, Washington. In addition to herparents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy B.Owens, of Jackson.

For more than 46 years, Mrs. Moak was the office manager for theMoak-Massengill clinic, first for Drs. Bob and Frank Massengill,then for her sons, Drs. Joe and Ed Moak, when they opened theirmedical practices in Brookhaven. She approached her work with greatskill, aplomb, compassion and dedication, combined with anirrepressible dry wit and a true love for helping the sick. Sheparticularly delighted in nurturing the education and ascendancy ofher sons into the medical profession and she enjoyed watching hergrandchildren develop a love for learning.

Mrs. Moak was active in her community. She was a longtime memberof the Climbers Club, of Brookhaven, serving in various officerpositions. She was, with her husband, a charter member of the Kreweof Ceres. Twice, she served as ball chairman for the annual HarvestBall, now the Charity Ball, in 1977 and 1985. In 1976, Mrs. Moakserved on a bi-racial commission appointed to draw new ward linesfor the election, for the first time, of a seven-member board ofaldermen. She was a vigorous and a vocal sports fan, especially forBrookhaven High, when her sons played; then for Brookhaven Academy,cheering for her grandchildren. She was an avid bridge player, aswell. Mrs. Moak was widely known as an innovative cook and agracious entertainer, along with having an infectious and sparklingpersonality.

Having grown up and being at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, near herchildhood home, she was throughout her adulthood, an active memberof First Baptist Church in Brookhaven, where she served on avariety of committees. She was an ardent example of living her deepfaith through her profession as well as her family life.

In lieu of flowers, respecting Mrs. Moak’s wishes, the familyrequests that memorials be made in her honor to the BrookhavenAcademy Educational Foundation; since all her grandchildren haveeither graduated from or are currently attending BrookhavenAcademy.

John Cecil Pace

Services for John Cecil Pace, of Greenwell Springs, La., are 11a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel on NorthJackson Street with burial in Heuck’s Retreat Baptist ChurchCemetery in Brookhaven.

Visitation is Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. Pace, 70, died Sept. 10, 2008, at Our Lady of the LakeHospital in Baton Rouge, La. He was born in Brookhaven on April 19,1938, to L.B. Pace and Daisy Irene Parkman Pace.

He retired from Illinois Central Railroad as a conductor. He wasa devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a member ofFellowship Baptist Church, a member of the Big “R” Club and aveteran of The Mississippi Air National Guard.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Judith Pace;a daughter, Kerri Pace; a niece, Tina Nesmith; a brother-in-law,Frank Coker; his sisters-in-law, Eloise Jones and Kathy Pace.

Survivors are his wife of 48 years, Shirley Ann Coker Pace, ofGreenwell Springs; his daughters, Terri Babin and fiancé, LynnDesoto, of Baton Rouge; Cindy and Mike Juneau, of Watson, La.,Stacy Pace, of Lafayette, La., and Kelli Pace and friend, JerryJones, of Baton Rouge; his sisters, Jeannine and Marion Gaston, ofPlano, Texas, and Jennifer and Aurthur Carlisle, of Ocean Springs;a brother, Joel and Betty Pace, of Brookhaven; his grandsons, Johnand Michael Babin, of Baton Rouge, Joey Juneau, of Watson, Larryand Dylon Buhler, of Baton Rouge; his great-grandsons, Calem andDayton Babin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be, Larry Posey, Billy Peavey, Tommy Street,Max Foster, Tracy Pace and Glen Jones.

Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Nesmith, Darrell Nesmith,Stan Jones, Gene Branch, Tom Whiting, E.D. Hood and DonaldLewis.