Roger Walker Pate – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Roger Walker Pate, age 60, of Florence, passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Spry-Williams Funeral Home, Florence. The funeral service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in the funeral home chapel with Brother Alvin Thigpen and Brother Neal Wright officiating. Interment will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Rupley, George Rupley, Tim Smallwood, Jacob Herston, Brandon Pate, Braxton Gilbert Tyler Hester and Tanner Pate.

Honorary Pallbearers are, Carter Pate and Maddix Rupley.

Alternate Pallbearer is Joshua Pate.

Mr. Pate was preceded in death by his parents, Roma and Lucille Pate; sister, Carolyn J. Pate. He was pastor of Plesant Ridge Baptist Church for 11 years and a member of American Legion, of Florence.

Survivors include

Wife, Joanne L. Pate;

sons, Roger W. Pate Jr., of Florence, Barry G. Pate, of Florence, George F. Rupley III, of Florence, and Matthew D. Rupley (Whitney), of Sheffield.

Daughter, Sylena D. Ricks (Chris), of Tuscumbia;

Brothers, Danny Pate (Sandra), of Muscle Shoals, and Terry Pate, of Florence;

sisters, Sandra Bailey (Ricky), of Athens, and Sherry Daley (Lee), of Clearwater, Kan.;

Grandchildren, Jacob, Victoria, Brianna, Brandon, Chris, Tanner, Cheyenne, Isabella, Savannah, Calob, Madison, Carter, Maddix and Macy;

two great-grandchildren;

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Amedysis Hospice of Florence, Lee and April, and Chaplin, Josh and Dr. Lynn Ridgeway, VA Doctors and Staff.

Please sign the guest register at
Spry-Williams Funeral Home, Florence, is directing.

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