Charles M. Pace (1876-1936)

Photograph of Charles Milhiser Pace (1876-1936), Daily press (Newport News, Va. : Final ed.), February 17, 1936.

Charles Milhiser Pace, the son of Theodore Alonza and Ella Watts Pace, was born on 18 September 1876 in Richmond, Virginia.  After he finished school, he learned the printing business and eventually went to work for the Daily News in Staunton.  In 1898 Pace moved to Newport News to work for the Daily Press.  The following year, the newspaper assigned him to create and manage a bureau in Hampton, a job he held for thirty-seven years until his death.  In 1910, the Pace family resided in a rented home at 103 Wine Street, two blocks from the home of the Christians.  Pace married Willye Anthony (1875-1952) on 25 December 1900.  The couple had at least four children: Kathryn Pace, Charles M. Pace, Jr., George T. Pace, and Russell Pace.  “'Charlie,' as he was called by practically all who knew him,” reported the Daily Press in his obituary, “was a newspaper man of the old school.  He knew no hours in his work, and nothing was too much trouble for him.”  Charles Pace died on 16 February 1936 after a long illness. He is buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Hampton.