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Carolyn Sue (Rogers) Pate

Carolyn Sue (Rogers) Pate, age 77, of Erwin passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at Johnson City Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Erwin, Carolyn is a daughter of the late George Hubert and Helen Lorraine (Doan) Rogers. She was a member of Erwin Pentecostal Holiness Church where she served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary for four years.  She also served as Secretary at Erwin Church of God for eight years. Mrs. Pate served as President of the Rock Creek Ruritan and was employed by Erwin Clothiers for 14 years as a Bookkeeper and sales person.  She enjoyed bowling, cooking canning and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents Carolyn is preceded in death by a son, James Dean Pate, granddaughter Kelly Leann Pate, brother Frank Rogers, and sisters, Kathleen Green and Frances Bales.

Carolyn Sue (Rogers) Pate has left behind to cherish her memory:

Loving husband of 57 years: J.M. Pate;

Daughters: Shari Thomas and husband, Kris,

Robin Hughes and fiancé, Steve;

Grandchildren: David Anthony Biggs,

Christina Wharton and husband, Tim,

Kayla Bolson and husband, David,

Randy Cooper,

Daniel Cooper,

Kerri Thomas;

Great Grandchildren: Leah Biggs,

Lisa Wharton.

Maverick Wharton,

Samuel Bolson,

Cassidy Bolson;

Sisters: Linda Garland and husband, Roy,

Merita Edwards;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Pastor Charlie Byrd and Reverend Earl Ragland for all of their love and support and to the 2nd Floor of the Johnson City Medical Center and 2500 staff for all of their care.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and celebrate the life of Carolyn Sue (Rogers) Pate in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Erwin Pentecostal Holiness Church. Pastor Charlie Byrd will officiate and Larry Pate will provide musical selections.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be held from 5:00 pm until service time on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Erwin Pentecostal Holiness Church. A committal service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending the committal service should meet at Valley Funeral Home by 1:30 pm on Sunday, December 29, 2019, to go in procession to the cemetery.  Serving as active pallbearers will be David Anthony Biggs, Randy Cooper, Daniel Cooper, David Bolson, Tim Wharton, Kris Thomas, and Steve Kogowski. Honorary pallbearers will be Jake Pate, Robert Corriveau, Tim Tipton, Keith Garland, and Mark Garland.


Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at or on our Facebook page at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Carolyn Sue (Rogers) Pate through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.