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Joseph Pate

March 28, 1926 — February 24, 2018

Born in Nashville, TN on March 28, 1926 Departed on February 24, 2018 and resided in Gallatin, TN Memorial Service: First United Methodist Church - GallatinFriday March 2, 2018 1:00pm
Joseph H. Pate

Born in Nashville, TN on March 28, 1926

Departed on February 24, 2018 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Memorial Service: First United Methodist Church - Gallatin Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm

Age 91 of Gallatin, TN, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018. Mr. Pate was born March 28, 1926 son of the late John Henry Pate and Adeline Hays Pate of Hendersonville, TN. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Arthur Pate of Westfield, NJ; son, Joseph Martin Pate of Howell, NJ; sister, Virginia Pate Lee of Signal Mountain, TN and brother Robert Pate of Gallatin, TN. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Miller of Littleton, CO; his three sons, John Pate (Cheri) of Ringoes, NJ, James Pate (Joan) of Aiken, SC and Jeffrey Pate (Cheri) of Westfield, NJ; daughter-in-law, Sharon Cooner Pate of Boston, MA; brother, Stephen Pate (Suzanne) of Hendersonville, TN. He later was married to the late Margaret Alexander Pate of Gallatin, TN and is survived also by her two daughters, Jean A. Wyatt and Anne A. Johnson both of Germantown, TN. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.

Mr. Pate grew up in East Nashville and graduated from Duncan School. After serving in the Air Force during WW2, he graduated from Vanderbilt University. He retired from Genesco after 41 years where he served in various positions in the Retail, Wholesale and International Divisions. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church and the Hester Ward Sunday School Class. He was a Mason, member of the Corinthian Masonic Lodge #414. After his retirement, he enjoyed playing golf, delivering Meals on Wheels to shut-ins, gathering family genealogy facts with his brother; traveling; especially visiting with his family. He was thankful for the several golfing buddies, who were patient while he tried to learn the game, and enjoyed the old "unemployed philosophers and Historians" in his Coffee Club who shared their wisdom and solutions to local and worldly problems each morning. He always looked forward to his Monday and Tuesday bridge clubs. His Hester Ward Sunday School Class and its Teachers were very special to him. He appreciated all his friends and the contributions they each made to help make his life more complete and enjoyable.
Private visitation and graveside will be held for the family.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be at the Gallatin First United Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd with Rev. James C. Johnson, Jr. officiating. Fellowship time and visitation with the family will follow the memorial service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gallatin First United Methodist Church Meals on Wheels, 149 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066; Ashley's Place, 315 West Smith Street, Gallatin, TN 37066; or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements located at 584 Nashville Pike in Gallatin, TN. (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

7 Comments Mary Hays (Williamson) Carney February 26, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

Joe Henry was one of my favorite cousins and he has kept up with me and my husband (Joe) through out our 52 years of marriage. …..BUT I go back even further. You elder Pates may remember I was your babysitter when you lived in Nashville and I was in college at Vanderbilt Univ., School of Nursing..(1960-64).. I am Edith and Bob Williamson’s daughter
and Anne Ramsey is my sister. Please accept my deepest sympathy at your loss..

Tom Kiselica February 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

Joseph H Pate a kind gentle person always asking of .
my well being.My condolences and sympathy . Tom Kiselica

Doug O'Rear February 27, 2018 at 6:28 pm - Reply

Sincere sympathy. Sharon Pate is my very close 1st cousin. She always had the utmost respect for Mr. Pate. Sorry I never met him. But will meet him in our continuing eternity with our Lord and Savior..

Craig Miller February 28, 2018 at 1:52 am - Reply

Joseph Pate was a caring, generous man and I was sorry to hear of his passing.
His kindness, friendliness, and humor will be missed.
Sending condolences to his entire family, blessed friends, and community he served.
May he now enjoy his eternity of peace and joy in the presence of the Lord.

Bea Scully-McNally February 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

Missy, I have such wonderful memories of our time growing up in Westfield. You and your family were a very big part of that. Your dad was such a warm and kind man. A true gentleman all of his life. If a good family is the measure of a man’s wealth, your dad was a very rich man.
I’m very sorry that I can’t be there for the services. You and your brothers have my heart at this very sad time.
With love and sympathy. Peace my dearest friend.

J. Kovalcik March 2, 2018 at 10:09 pm - Reply

Jim and Joan,
Jeff and Cheri,
Just read about your loss of your father in the Scotch Plains Times. We both send our deepest sympathy to you both and to your entire family.
We also send our love to you all..
JoAnn and Jack Kovalcik

Rebecca and Bob Vanderpool March 3, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

Mr. Joseph was a favorite customer at the old Citizens Bank on Cherokee Road. Such a gentlemen in business community at that time. He was so eager to share the history of Hendersonville, Sumner County and the Pate family. Our Love and Prayers are with the family at this time of loss.

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