February 18, 1939 ~ April 23, 2022

Born in: Yancey County, NC
Resided in: Swannanoa, NC

George Lewis Pate, 83, of Swannanoa, NC, went home to be with the Lord after passing away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
Born February 18, 1939, in Yancey County, NC, George was the son of the Late Mack Daniel Pate and Edna Gardner Pate. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 55 years Judy Worley Pate of Canton, NC.
He is survived by his daughters; Janet Lyles and Tamra Gilbert (Darren) both of Swannanoa and a son, Terry Pate of Black Mountain; grandson, Cameron Lyles; great-grandson, Tyven Lyles both of Burnsville, NC and a sister; June Pate Watkins of Fletcher; and a niece, Tina Robinson (Steve) of Black Mountain.
George served 4 years in the US Army. He retired after 30 years from Norfolk-Southern Railway.
He was member of Swannanoa Free Will Baptist Church. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, April 28 @ 10:00 a.m. at the State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. Memorials may be made to the Swannanoa Free Will Baptist Church, 200 Park St., Swannanoa, NC 28778. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Burial: April 28, 2022 10:00 am

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. Janet, Tamera, Terry, June and families. We are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. As you know, Charles and George were very close and we so enjoyed his visits here during hunting season. I would turn on his electric blanket for him, and he said that, if he stayed here very long, he would weigh 300 lbs. Whenever we visited him and Judy, their hospitality was wonderful. It was always so great seeing everyone and was about the only place that I could get Charles to go!! We all loved George dearly and pray that God will lessen your heartache and Bless each of you at this difficult time. Love, Prayers and Blessings from Lois, Sherri, Logan, Bradie and Jacqueline.

  2. Janet you and your family are in our prayers. I know you know the Lord and you know He will give you that extra grace and mercy that you are needing right now. God bless you honey. Just remember that you will always have your good memories. Love you stay strong!!!

  3. I met George a few years ago when I started going to Swannanoa Free Will Baptist. He was such a kind and sweet man and will truly be missed. Prayers for comfort and God surrounding you with his love at this time.

  4. I am going to miss you Mr. Pate! I only had 10 years to know you, but I am glad I did. I will see you again some day.

  5. June and families. So sorry to learn of George’s passing. Please know that you and all the family are in my prayers during this trying time.

  6. Family-we will miss George so much at Christian Creek Baptist. Always faithful in coming & knew he was going to get shoulder surgery and surprised to hear of his passing. Always enjoyed talking to him after church. Know that he was ready for Heaven and children hope you will all get saved and meet your Mom and Dad there. Love and Prayers to you all. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him!

  7. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. I will miss talking to him after church on Sunday’s. You will all miss him but you will always have memories and will keep him in your hearts. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. We are going to miss seeing & chatting with George. He was such a good neighbor. Our condolences to all of the family.


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