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Ronald Pate transitioned from this life on June 19, 2023, at the age of 72 at his home in Roanoke, Alabama. His unshakeable faith and strong family foundation allowed him to live a life of strength and perseverance.
Ronald is the son of the late Ceroy Clyde and Naomi (Trammell) Pate who raised ten children on a plentiful farm.
He is preceded in death by his mother. the late Mrs. Naomi Pate; his father, the late Deacon Ceroy Clyde Pate, his brother, Ceroy Pate, sister, Rebecca Hishida, and infant grandson, Jeffery Jamal Sims.
Ronald was born on December 20, 1950, and lived in the Wehadkee Community as a child. There, he developed a passion for all things farming: raising animals and growing a variety of food. He worked on his parents’ farm along with his nine siblings. He attended Randolph County Training School where, as an elementary student, he enjoyed playing the drums.
As life progressed, Ronald became a father to three children: Cheryl, Kevin, and Viondi. On February 7, 1986, he married the love of his life, Kathy and they welcomed his fourth child, Naomi. Ronald and Kathy recently celebrated 37 years of marriage earlier this year. Together, they lived a life of love, laughter and enthusiastic conversation.
An enthusiast of all things driving, such as powerful, fast cars, Ronald began a career as a truck driver.
Always a child of the country, Ronald thoroughly enjoyed everything about the outdoors. He spent much of his time fishing, growing beautiful fruit and vegetable gardens and raising cattle. Throughout his life, he modeled his father, who was never afraid of hard work and always gave his all in any of his pursuits. Never losing his love of the road, he took his family on numerous trips and was usually designated to drive for long distance family gatherings. Ronald loved his music and could often be found spending his Saturday evenings listening to hits from all decades on his stereo.
Above all, he valued his family: always lending a helping hand when needed and giving meaningful advice and support when asked.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and brother, Ronald was loved dearly and will be missed by many, especially his loving wife, Kathy Pate of Roanoke, Alabama; his two daughters, Cheryl Sims of Roanoke, Alabama and Naomi Pate of Atlanta, Georgia; and his sons Kevin Pate (Phesette) and Viondi Pate (LaChaka), both of Albany, Georgia; two grandchildren: Antavious Marable of Carollton, Georgia and Madison Pate of Douglasville Georgia; one great-grandchild: Tatum Marable; 2 brothers: Herman Winston (Sharon) of Anniston, Alabama and Travis Pate (Darnell) of Rock Mills, Alabama; 5 sisters: Johnnie Rachel of Los Angeles, California; Carol Powell (Willie) of LaGrange, Georgia; Mary Phillips of Houston, Texas; Mattie Brooks (Charles) of Cusseta, Alabama; and Merecia Milliner of Anniston, Alabama;. a special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Debra and Mayfield Royston of Roanoke, Alabama and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
OFFICIATING: Reverend Marian Royston, Pastor, Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Huntsville, AL
EULOGIST: Reverend Kelsey Barnes, Pastor, Goodsell United Methodist Church, Lanett, AL and Powell Chapel United Methodist Church, LaFayette, AL
OTHER MINISTERS SHARING THE ROSTER INCLUDE: Reverends: Kenneth Wilcox (True Light Ministries, Smith Station, AL), Tommie Lee Finley (Sardis United Methodist, Lanett, AL), Reverend William Crawford (Bethel United Methodist Church, Roanoke, AL) and others
VOCALISTS: Sister Gloria Wright
ACTIVE PALL BEARERS: Nephews
FLOWER BEARERS: Nieces
PLEASE NOTE MASKING CONSIDERATIONS...
The State of Alabama does not have a state-wide mask mandate at this time, however, WE ASK that all family and friends in attendance, please observe any masking requirements while on the church or cemetery premises.
CLARK MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICE MASKING CONSIDERATIONS...
Masking ENCOURAGED but not required
Our sincere prayers for comfort and peace are sent forth during this time of sadness; and as always, we express deepest gratitude to our communities for sharing with the Pate family during their difficult hours of bereavement.