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John B Pate, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 27, 2012. John Pate was born June 29, 1925 in Conroe, Texas. He graduated from Harlingen High School and worked in his father's men's clothing store in Harlingen. During World War II he joined the US Army serving in the 6th infantry division of the Sixth Army. He arrived safely in the Philippines after a 30 day crossing of the Pacific in a crowded troop ship only to be stricken later with Typhus, Malaria and Polio. He became a medic after recovering from Typhus. John survived multiple beach landings in the Philippines including the battle of Luzon where he was awarded the Bronze star. John received the Purple Heart for wounds received in battle. Returning home to San Antonio after the war, he eventually opened his own men's clothing store, Pates Men's Wear. Following those years in business for himself, John also worked for Satel's Menswear.
He later served in Stephen's Ministry where he ministered to so many people in need. He became close friends to certain individuals he helped in their time of need.
Mr. Pate was preceded in death by his brother Robert, his wife, Edna Clark Pate, his daughter Robbie Pate Ward, and his wife Katherine Pate. John is survived by his daughter Cheryl Pate Zack of Atlanta, Georgia, and his granddaughters Karen Ward, Stacey Ward both of San Antonio, Sydney Zack of Atlanta, Georgia, and his faithful dog Abby.
Services will be held for Mr. Pate on Monday, January 14th at 10 AM at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, at the columbarium.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Animal Defense League of Texas. ADLTEXAS.org, or the animal shelter of your choice.
Published in Express-News on Dec. 30, 2012