Kenneth Ernest Pate, 63, passed away Tuesday August 14, 2012. He was the son of the late Ernest C. Pate Jr., and Geraldine O'beary Pate. He was born March 30, 1949 in Kansas City, MO and lived in Greensboro, Wilson, Kinston, Greenville, and the Phillipines while his father was in foreign service. He attended NC State and lived in Raleigh before moving to Marion NC to raise his family with Kaye McIntosh. He was employed with the Department of Transportation, a right of Way Agent, and loved his job working outside in the North Carolina mountains. For twenty plus years he enjoyed coaching McDowell County youth in several sports which had a great impact on the community. He also served as the voice of youth football for ten years. In recent years he also lived in Beaufort, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Zachary M. Pate.
He is survived by son Matthew C. Pate, and daughter Haley M. Pate of Marion, NC: brothers Alan Pate and wife Wanda of Beaufort, and Steve Pate and wife Lisa of Willow Springs: three grandchildren Bridget and Zachary I. Pate and Cali Mace: niece Christina Pate and nephew Nicholas Pate.
At his request, a service of rememberance will be held in Marion at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the McDowell Youth Football in Marion NC or Hospice of Carteret County PO Drawer 1619 Morehead City, NC 28557.