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Pate, James Edward "Lassie" - Crestview  
James Edward "Lassie" Pate - born Aug. 17, 1926 to Frank Pate and Dorothy Thompson in Sour Lake, Texas - died Aug. 5, 2015 at his Crestview home. He graduated as valedictorian from Blackshear High School, Sour Lake, and married Martha Marie Perryman Aug. 2, 1945 in Liberty, Texas. The World War II and Vietnam veteran served in the U.S. Air Force with distinction for 21 years, with duties in the Philippines, Japan and Guam. He retired in 1971 at Eglin Air Force Base and decided to call Crestview his home. He then worked for 19 years as a Northwest Airlines ticket agent and 13 years as an Okaloosa County Schools bus driver, before retiring from both. He and his wife became foster parents in 1970, touching the lives of more than 100 children, and adopted six. Deacon Pate was a dutiful, faithful member of Peoples Missionary Baptist Church, and served various organizations within the community, including Aid Society Outreach. Survivors include his children, James Earl Pate (Elaine), Lafayette, Louisiana; Bridget Pate, Killeen Texas; Donnell Pate (Shakira), Pace; Bryant Pate (Brittiany) and Alex Pate, both of Crestview. Also: his sisters, Dorothy Brailsford, Bronx, New York; Ruby Hankins, West Orange, New Jersey; Ella "Bernice" Williams, Brooklyn, New York; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Brown, San Antonio; Hattie Pate, Panama City; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14 at McKinnie Funeral Home, Crestview. The viewing is 10-11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Macedonia Baptist Church, 603 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., Crestview, before the funeral. The Rev. Dwight Baggett will officiate and Rev. George Thomas will give the eulogy. Interment is at Springhill Cemetery. McKinnie Funeral Home is in charge of services. You may leave condolences at The News Bulletin publishes North Okaloosa County residents and former residents' obituaries, including a photo, for $95 in print and online. Family members should write the 500-word announcements and funeral homes should submit them to the newspaper for confirmation. We may edit submissions for style. Call 850-682-6524 or email for more information.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 10 to Sept. 9, 2015
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