MINT HILL Pate Vernon "Big Pate" Wilkerson Sr., 63, of Mint Hill died Thursday afternoon, June 6, 2019 A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday June 10, at Edwards Funeral Home in Norwood. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Pate was born March 29, 1956, in Cabarrus County to the late Carl and Eunice Allred Wilkerson. He was a graduate of Central Cabarrus High School where he was an avid football and track participant. He was a former employee of Fredrickson Motor Lines and owner of Ace Car Wash. He is survived by his son, Pate Wilkerson Jr. of Albemarle; Pate's mother, Elizabeth Coley Brooks of Albemarle; two brothers, Gilbert Wilkerson (Tammy) of Landis and Carl "Nookie" Wilkerson (Kay) of Concord; nieces and nephews and many beloved members of the Coley Family. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Heather Elizabeth Wilkerson; and sister, Barbara Wilkerson Earnhardt. Memorials may be made to your local chapter of Special Olympics.

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