January 5, 1947 - January 31, 2020 Corbert Ray Pate, "Ray", 73, peacefully entered into eternity Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at Liberty Lane VA Hospice House in Salisbury, at 3:33 p.m., surrounded by his loving family. He had been in declining health for several years, but is now free of pain and dancing in glory with his Lord and Savior along with those gone on before him. Born Jan. 5, 1947, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late J.W. Pate and Helen Tickle Pate. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his loving grandmother, Myrtle Ann Jarrell Tickle, "Granny," whom he loved dearly; grandfather, W.A. Tickle; grandparents, Fred Pate Sr. and Katie Cameron Pate; a brother, Terry, who passed away at birth; and a sister, Vicki Lee Wagoner. Ray was a graduate of A.L. Brown High School, class of 1965. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. After serving our country for four years, he was the head mechanic at Charlotte Import Cars in Charlotte for seven years. In 1978, he opened his own business; he was the owner and operator of Pate's Import in Kannapolis. When he moved his business to Charlotte, he renamed it The Import Shop. After nearly 45 years as a mechanic and business owner he retired in 2014. He specialized in foreign car repairs and loved working on MGBs. His customers were his top priority and he strived to provide them with the very best service. In his younger years, he owned a 1956 Chevy, which he loved to tinker with and would also drag race it on the weekends at Mooresville Drag Strip. Ray was the most loving and caring husband, father, and PawPaw, as well as a wonderful provider for his family. He was a true friend to many. If you knew him, you loved him! He had the sweetest and most kind spirit; he would do anything in the world for you. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Those left to cherish Ray's memory include his wife of almost 53 years, Vickie Deal Pate; son, Timothy Pate (Lisa) of Cherry Grove, S.C.; daughter, Wendy Pate Ninteau (Ray) of Kannapolis; and three beautiful grandsons he loved dearly and of whom he was extremely proud, Trey Ninteau, Josiah Ninteau, Jack Jesseph. A celebration of life and military service for Mr. Ray Pate will be held at Second Baptist Church, 807 Sweet Gum St. in Kannapolis Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m., with the service immediately following. Preacher Gary Scoggins will officiate the service. The family would love to have you attend his memorial service and then join them at one of Mr. Pate's favorite restaurants, Los Arcos, in Kannapolis, immediately following the service to continue the celebration of his life. The family would like to thank the Brian Center in Concord, Atrium Health in Concord, and especially the Liberty Lane VA Hospice House in Salisbury, for the special care, honor, and respect that was given to their husband, father, and grandfather in his last days. Special thanks to Preacher Gary Scoggins, Mrs. Donna Scoggins, and the congregation of Second Baptist Church for always being there for our family, loving on us, and supporting us during our times of sorrow, past and present. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Liberty Lane VA Hospice House, 1601 Brenner Ave., Salisbury, NC 28144, in honor of their beloved husband, father, and PawPaw, Mr. Ray Pate. Whitley's Funeral Home www.whitleysfuneralhome.com
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