CANTON — Melvin Ernest Pace, 73, of Canton, passed away Nov. 27, 2019, at Mission Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born July 7, 1946, to Fred and Charlotte Pace in Haywood County. He was the sixth of seven children in the family. Siblings Betty Silver, Nancy King, Myletta Pittillo, Glenn Pace, (Deceased) Cecil Pace and Mike Pace.

On Aug. 24, 1968, he married Retha Greene, who survives. Melvin was a talented woodworker who used his skills all his life to provide for his wife and four daughters.

He had a passion for hunting and being a lifelong entrepreneur. His strong will and infectious personality will forever be unmatched. He was one of a kind.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Melanie Pace Waddell; Scott Waddell. Daughter and son-in-law Tracie Pace Frady; Lee Frady. Daughter and son-in-law Carrie Pace Trantham; Joey Trantham. Daughter and son-in-law Jamie Pace Edmonds; Jeremy Edmonds. Son; Rodney Pace. Nine grandchildren; Natalie and Amelia Waddell, Sidney and Blake Frady, Bailee, Abbie and Cara Trantham, Pressley and Marrin Edmonds. And many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held at The Farm, 215 Justice Ridge Road, Candler, from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Melvin’s memory to a favorite charity of your choice.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Pace family and words of comfort may be shared at

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