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Sam Pace, a former chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, died Oct. 23 at the age of 80 at a hospital in Paris, Texas.

Pace was the 1980-81 president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and served from 1971-91 as director of missions for the Comanche-Cotton Baptist Association based in Lawton, Okla.

Pace was a member of the SBC Executive from 1983-91 and was chairman from 1989-91.

Pace lived in Antlers, Okla., his hometown, and was a member of First Baptist Church, where he was baptized in 1943 and licensed to the ministry in 1944.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three sons, Sam, Alan, and Scott; one daughter, Lydia; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 10 siblings.