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Shirley Pate

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Shirley Pate

Shirley McDonald Pate, 76, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Elizabeth House in Hendersonville.

A native of Caldwell County, Shirley was a daughter of the late Adam B. McDonald and Johnnie Christine Crook McDonald. She was wife of the late James K. Pate. Sr. and was preceded in death by a brother, Charles McDonald. Shirley was a member of the Words of Life Tabernacle.

Shirley is survived by a son, Kenny Pate and his wife, Deborah of Chesnee, SC; three sisters, Christine Plemmons, Betty Baynard and her husband, Ed and Mary Ann Payton; two brothers, Richard and Robert McDonald and his wife, Shelby. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Candace, Rebecca, Luke, Emily, Tiffany and Steven as well as two great-grandchildren, Gabriella and Luke Jr. Shirley is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews.

Services for Shirley will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Words of Life Tabernacle with burial to follow at Averys Creek Christian Cemetery. Pastors Carl Bishop and Larry Flippo will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. Thursday at Words of Life Tabernacle 815 Glen Bridge Road.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and a memorial register is available online at


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Mar. 21, 2013
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