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Samalee Pate, age 83, of Erwin, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Pate was a native of Flag Pond and a son of the late Zeb and Carrie Tipton Pate.
He owned and operated Rock Creek Builders for 35 years.
Mr. Pate was a member of First Pentecostal Church in Erwin.
He was one of the original stock holders of Valley Funeral Home, where he had served as president and chairman of the original board of directors. He was involved in the construction and start up of Valley Funeral Home in 1988.
Mr. Pate was a member of the former Unaka Quartet, singing at various churches and concerts in the region for 10 to 12 years. He loved Southern gospel music and enjoyed playing golf.
He was a former member of the Unicoi County Commission and was a former board member for the Unicoi County Gas Utility District.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Pate; brothers, John and Jerry Pate; and half-brother, Zeb “Butch” Pate Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Louise Miller Pate of Erwin; son, Larry Pate and wife, Vickie of Unicoi; daughter, Tina Pate of Unicoi; sisters, Kathleen Kenney and Gladys Adkins, both of Erwin; half-sisters, Helen Staub, Nadine Naugle and Jessie Klunk, all of New Oxford, Pa.; brothers, Ford Pate and wife, Georgia, of Unicoi and James M. Pate and wife, Carolyn, of Erwin; half-brother, Albert Pate of Gettysburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Casey Pate of Unicoi and Lindsey Stack and husband Dan of Fredericksburg, Va.; and great-grandchildren, Mason Daniel Stack and Madeline Olivia Stack.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at the Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Earl Ragland, James Hughes and Marvel “Barney” Hurst officiated. Vocal selections were provided by Larry Pate and by Jamie Hughes.
Committal services will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. at McInturff Cemetery, Erwin. Those attending the graveside services should meet at Valley Funeral Home by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.