Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Austin Vondell Pate

On June 11, 2018 loving husband and honored father Austin Vondell Pate shook the bonds of this life and went to spend eternity with his loving Savior. Austin was born November 16, 1932 in Pangburn, AR, and over his life enjoyed a long and rewarding career with Alcoa Inc. as an Industrial Electrician. Austin enjoyed gardening, jigsaw puzzles, beach trips, and most of all Austin loved spending time with his family.

Austin leaves behind his beloved wife of 67 years Betty Plowman Pate, children Lyndell (Cindy) Pate, Bettina Little, and Anthony (Kristi) Pate, and his most precious grandchildren Mitchell (Dana) Pate, Rebecca Pate, and Annika (Adam) Black.

The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care on Friday June 15 from 6 until 8 PM.  A Celebration of Austin’s life will be held at 3 PM, on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in the Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care Chapel of Albemarle. Interment will follow at Stanly Garden of Memory in Albemarle.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in Austin’s name to Baptist Children’s Homes of NC P.O. Box 338 Thomasville, NC 27361.




  • Andrea Ross Posted June 13, 2018 1:30 pm

    Your daddy was an amazing man. He will be missed terribly. Please let me know if you need anything. Love you all

  • Alan & Gail Burris Posted June 13, 2018 4:21 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Austin was a good man and will be missed. God bless you all.

  • Sarah Burris Poythress Posted June 13, 2018 4:27 pm

    I am sad to read of Austin’s death. He was a very nice man and always had a smile and friendly hello when I saw him at church. I know he will be missed by many, especially his family. My prayers are with you all. God bless and give you His comfort and peace.

  • William Allen Posted June 13, 2018 5:31 pm

    Anthony your family will be in my prayers and may God give you peace and comfort doing this time. GOD BLESS YOU AND FAMILY

  • Bobby Foley Posted June 13, 2018 7:00 pm

    Anthony and Mrs Betty praying for for you family your Daddy was a good man and nieghbour

  • Claire Posted June 13, 2018 8:23 pm

    No one better than God, understands the depth of your pain and can help you cope with your disquieting thoughts. He is called the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation. Do believe the words of Psalm 34:18 “Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” May you get the strength and inner peace you need in the coming days. With all my sympathy.

  • MIKE & ANN SMITH Posted June 14, 2018 7:29 pm


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