Norwood Lee "Sam" Pate, 76, of 1630 Mount Carmel Church Road, died Friday at his home.
Mr. Pate was the son of the late Jeff Pate and Octavia Kirby Pate and was retired from Sears with 35 years of service in the shipping and receiving department. He was a member of Free Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church and the Patetown Volunteer Fire Department.
The funeral will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. at Free Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Frueler officiating. Interment will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Pate is survived by his wife, Eleanor "Sissy" Smith Pate; two daughters, Phyllis Edgerton and husband David of Pinkney and Pam Pate of Pikeville; his grandchildren, Will Edgerton, Carrie Ann Ingram and Justin Ray Ingram; one sister, Margaret "Pete" Sasser of Goldsboro; and thirty-three special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Nina Gardner, Lila Pate, Effie Sauls, Patty Byrd, Letha Crocker and Elizabeth "Bet" Pate and his brothers, Jessie Pate, Joe Pate and Bill Pate.
The family will receive friends at the church following the funeral on Sunday, and other times at the residence.
Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Free Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, N.C. Hwy. 111 North, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530; or the Patetown Volunteer Fire Department, 3463 N.C. Hwy. 111 North, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.
Published in Obituaries on February 13, 2004 1:48 PM