Benny Lawson Pate, Jr., age 82, of Coral Springs, Florida, passed away on Veterans' Day, Monday, November 11, 2013. He was born May 3, 1931 in Dayton, Ohio to Benny and Elizabeth Pate. He was a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. He served our country proudly in the United States Army. He retired after 30 years as a Design Engineer with the United States Air Force and Army. Throughout his life, Benny was extremely athletic. He played football for Dayton Roosevelt High School, Bowling Green State University, the United States Army and the Dayton Triangles Semi-Pro team. While at Bowling Green State University, he was named All-Ohio and later achieved recognition when he was placed in the Triangles' Hall of Fame. Benny's favorite pastimes included playing golf, bowling, camping, playing cards, listening to jazz music and he loved to dance. He is preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Anderson Gragg, and two sons-in-law, Donald Robinson and Kendall Reed. He leaves to celebrate his life his dearly loved wife of 60 years, Sylvia, and their adored children, Victor (Francis Rene) Pate, Sr., Paulette Pate-Combs, Rochelle Robinson, Regina Reed, Dionne (John II) Dearing. Also left to cherish his memory are his 22 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; two sisters, Joanne Mitchell and Shirley Hailey and a host of other relatives and friends. A celebration service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, November, 15, 2013 at Lutheran Ministry In Christ, 10021 W. Sample Rd, Coral Springs FL 33065. Also a memorial celebration will be held at New Hope Lutheran Church, 2000 Catalpa Dr., Dayton OH 45406 at a date and time to be announced.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Nov. 14, 2013