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Robert Pate: Loris

1944 – 2020

     Robert Pate of Loris passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, at his home after enduring several illnesses over the past few years. He was 76.

     Robert was born June 10, 1944 in Bladenboro, a son of the late Mabel and Lonnie Pate. He moved to Horry County in 1945 and became a life-long resident.

     Robert was an avid golfer and loved the South Carolina Gamecocks. He also enjoyed cooking backbone and rice and grilling for his family and friends. Robert was the owner and operator of Pate’s Red and White and Pate’s IGA for many years. He was also a building contractor and served as the general contractor for Sherry’s Pharmacy. He was a founding member of the Loris Blue Pride Club and was also a member of Loris First Baptist Church where he served as a former Deacon.

     Robert was predeceased by a great aunt, Mollie Todd; and two cousins, L.C Todd and Elnita Todd Phillips.

     Survivors include his wife, Linda Frye Pate of Loris; one daughter, Sherry Pate Blosser (John) of Nakina, NC, a son, Robin Lane “Robbie” Pate (Bobbie) of Loris; two stepdaughters, Sheila Rabon Harrelson (Stan) of Green Sea and Darlene Rabon Causey (Ronnie) of Loris; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Grey “Libby” Blosser, Robert Peyton Blosser, Alexander Gregory “Alex” Duncan, Naomi Amelia “Na” Jenkins (Joey), Storm Christopher “Stormy” Harrelson, James Ryan Causey (Erin), and Evan Blake Causey; three great grandchildren, James Ryan Causey, Jr., Margaret Ann Causey, and Emma Grace Howden; cousins Ricky Phillips and Wanda Caines; his special companion, Magnum “Mag”; and a host of really great friends.

     A graveside service was planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Twin City Memorial Gardens with Dr. Jim Mezick, Dr. Louis Venable, Rev. Ross Altman, Rev. Lloyd Williamson, and Mr. Donnie Gore officiating.

     Family planned to receive friends during the hour preceding the serviced in the Twin City Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel.

     Family expressed their thanks to the nurses and staff of McLeod Hospice for their care and support over the last few days.

     Memorials may be sent to the Loris Blue Pride Club, c/o Steve Cox, 3959 Main Street, Loris, SC 29569.

     A guest register is available here.