Rufus PateMay 3, 1950 ~ May 15, 2017 (age 67)
Rufus Pate, 67, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, at the home of a niece, Elaine Atkinson in Johnson City. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Nathan and Hattie Street Pate. He was also preceded in death by sisters: Pansy Garland and Betty Pate, brothers: Naff and Perry Pate; a nephew: Joseph Perry Pate and a great niece: Genia Atkinson. Rufus was a Vietnam US Army Veteran.
Surviving are brothers: Paul Pate and wife Carole and Floyd Pate, all of Burnsville and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon, Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Michael Garland will officiate. Burial will be in the Peterson Hill Cemetery, with Military Honors by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge for all their help.
Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge
236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine NC 28714