Charles Lindy Mace, 80, passed away peacefully after winning a seven year battle with cancer on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. He was born the fifth of eight children of the late Dennis Claude Mace and Mary Ruby Pickard Mace. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Pete Mace, Harold Mace, and Jimmy Mace and his sister Connie Mace Burke.
Lindy was a lifelong resident of Sanford, North Carolina. After high school graduation from Sanford High School, he served in the U. S. Army in Korea for two years. After returning home, he attended Campbell University (then Campbell College). After college he worked in a variety of jobs. In February of 1963 he began 51 years of work at Lee Moore Oil Company (now Lee Moore Capital).
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pat; sons Chris and wife Dale; Patrick and wife Michelle; two grandsons, Grant and Clark; one granddaughter, Lydia; one sister, Zelma Hargrove; and two brothers, Herbert Mace and Clarence Mace and several nieces and nephews.
Lindy was a lifelong member of St. Luke United Methodist Church (formerly Steele Street UMC) and especially loved the Moffitt Sunday School Class. He was a member of the VFW and the Sanford Elk’s Lodge where he always enjoyed meeting with friends after work to catch up on the latest news. He served North Carolina as a member of the NC Jaycees in the 1960s and was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Robert W. Scott in 1970. During his leisure for sixty years, he was an amateur athlete enjoying basketball while playing for the Far East US Army Basketball team and excelled in tennis and golf. He had a lifelong allegiance to Duke University Basketball and Football.
There will be a visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015 in the Davenport Christian Life Center in St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2916 Wicker St.
Extension, Sanford, NC. A celebration of Lindy’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 in the church sanctuary.
Our family thanks the doctors and nurses at Duke Cancer Center and the nurses with Transitions Hospice Care.
For those who would like to make a donation in Lindy’s memory, the family suggests memorials may be made to: St. Luke UMC, 2916 Wicker Street, Sanford, NC 27330, Duke Cancer Center, 20 Duke Medicine Circle, Durham, NC 27710-2000, Transitions Hospice Care, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or a charity of your choice.
Stuart Scott best summed it up at the 2014 ESPYs, “When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell.” Lindy was a Cancer Warrior for seven years.
Online condolences may be made at www.rogerspickard.com
Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.