Voncille Pate, 87, of Gainesville, passed away peacefully Oct. 5, 2013. Voncille was born in Graceville, on Sept. 17, 1926 and was the oldest of three sisters. She graduated in April of 1943 from Popular Springs High School and in Feb. of 1945, Voncille married Olen, her husband of 68 years. Voncille was a dedicated working mom and wife. During her career, she held several positions in both insurance and banking, rising to the position of Vice President for American National Banks in Gainesville. Voncille retired in 1988. Voncille's personal interests were family, fishing and growing flowers and plants. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and her presence in the lives of the family will be deeply missed.
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She was predeceased by her husband, Olen B. Pate; parents, Espy and Ola, and two sisters Nell and Ann.
Voncille is survived by her two sons, Ken of Gainesville and Stephen of Wesley Chapel; daughters-in-law, Leah Pate of Gainesville and Karen Pate of Wesley Chapel; grandchildren, Lt. Commander Andrew Pate of Mt. Vernon, Va., Dr. Ryan Pate of Phoenix, Az., Kristen Yates of Pensacola, Spec. David Pate of Columbus, Ga., and 2nd Lt. Patrick Pate of Oxford, Miss. and great-grandchildren, Aidan Pate, Karissa Pate, Taylor Yates, and Trevor Yates.
A celebration of her life was held Saturday, Oct.12, 2013 at 2 p.m., in the chapel of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 N Main Street, Gainesville. The family received friends one hour prior to the service; beginning at 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment followed in Memorial Park Central, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville Florida.
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404 North Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Oct. 16, 2013