Robert Erroll (Bob) Pate, 1937-2019


Robert Erroll (Bob) Pate, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at age 81 on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.

Bob was born on Dec. 22, 1937 near Groesbeck. He was raised by his grandparents, J. R. and Carrie Todd Pate. 

He graduated from Pleasant Grove High School, served in the United States Air Force and was an air traffic controller for the Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center, near Euless. He retired on Jan. 3, 1992, after 36 years of U.S. government service. He attended Tarrant County Junior College and Texas Wesleyan College, where he graduated with double majors in business administration and aviation management. 

Bob is survived by close and loving family: wife, Virginia (Jinx) Caffey Pate; her daughters, Marcy Sauer (and Neal Sauer), Mineola and Cheryl Femath, Garland; six grandchildren; and special family friend, Rachel Ordonez. He has a number of extended family members, particularly through Virginia’s family groups.

Funeral was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Beaty Funeral Home Chapel in Mineola. Interment followed at Hawkins Cemetery.

The family received friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.