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December 4, 2013

Joe Alvin Pate

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Joe Alvin Pate, 77, of Bluffton, S.C., formerly of Tifton, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center in Hilton Head, S.C.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.  Friday in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals. Dr. Fred Evers will officiate with a eulogy to be given by George Garren. Interment will follow at Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Chula. Britt Ussery, Keith Pate, Leon Pate, Timothy Pate and Kevin Pate will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service at Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

Mr. Pate was born on Aug. 21, 1936 in Sycamore and was the son of Henry N. and Mary Joe Hancock Pate, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles Pate; and one sister, Betty Mercer. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Tifton, where he was also a long-time employee.

Mr. Pate is survived by five sons and three daughters-in-law, Timothy Pate of Bluffton, John and Marsha Pate of Metter, Andrew Pate of Bluffton, Larry and Gale Pate of Arabi and Jeff and Stephanie Pate of Arabi; one daughter, Melissa Pate of Arabi; one brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Sandra Pate of Suwannee; one sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and George Day of Chula; one sister-in-law, Betty Pate of Tifton; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the online guest registry at www.bowen-donaldson.com.

Services for the Pate family are under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

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