Sam and Lavina Pate

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Together in Life – Together in Eternity
Lavina Ruth Yeager Pate entered her heavenly home on October 13, 2017.
Lavina was born and raised in Rock Lake, North Dakota on April 27, 1931 to Ernest and Agnes Yeager. She joined her three sisters, Elaine, Ernice and Irene. In 1932 Doris was born, in 1940 another baby girl Ethel and in 1942 brother Stanton (Buddy) completed the family.
Lavina met and married a young handsome airman Samuel Luther Pate in January 1952. During the next 20 years they traveled to numerous Air Force bases around the world. They retired from Hurlburt Field, Sam's last assignment, and settled in the Fort Walton Beach area. Lavina retired from civil service at Eglin Air Force Base. Samuel Luther Pate entered his heavenly home on October 13, 2017. Luther, as he was called by his family, was born and raised in Williamston, North Carolina on August 27, 1931 to Charles and Zadie Pate. He had eight brothers and sisters, Charles Jr., Maurice, Clarence, Clifton, Louise Bowen, Elizabeth (Libby) Travis, Shirley Hoyt and Larry. He married the love of his life, Lavina Ruth Yeager in January 1952. Sam joined the Air Force in 1949 at the age of 18 and faithfully served his country for over 20 years. They are survived by their daughter, Ranae Curtis (Warren) of Shalimar; their son, Samuel Ernest Pate (Tena) of Tallahassee; five grandchildren, Richard Ives (Peggy) of Niceville; Elisabeth Curtis of Fort Walton Beach; Eric and Nathan Pate and William Curtis all of Tallahassee, Florida. A private family burial was held October 24, 2017 at Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Niceville.
A Celebration of Live will be held November 18 at 1st United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach at 2:00 p.m., with visitation held one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in their name to First UMC building fund or Trinity UMC Our Daily Bread soup kitchen. You may go online to offer condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin on Nov. 15, 2017
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