- Funeral services for Richard Harry Pate Sr. will be held
at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 18 at Waldo Funeral Home. Rev.
Scott Leslie of the Crossroads Presbyterian Church will
officiate. Committal services with military honors will be
held at West Hill Cemetery on Tuesday, December 20 at 9 a.m.
Mr. Pate, 79, passed away Thursday, December 15 at Texoma
Richard was born December 30, 1936 in Durant to the late
Charles and Ethel (Slater) Pate. Mr. Pate proudly served in
the US Army. He was a paratrooper, drill instructor, and
member of the US Army National Pistol Team. After his
military service, Mr. Pate began a teaching and coaching
career that lasted 31 years. His first job was in Georgetown
in 1970. He also coached in Westminster and Collinsville,
before retiring from Princeton ISD in 1997. On November 19,
1960, Richard and Judy Cleveland were married in Durant,
Oklahoma. Mr. Pate was a member of the Crossroads
Presbyterian Church and the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Pate is survived by his son, Richard H. Pate, Jr. of
Sherman; daughter, Marianne Brummett and husband Doug of
Blue Ridge; two grandchildren, Clayton Edward Brummett and
wife Jordan of Trenton and Paige Leianne Brummett of Bonham;
two great grandchildren, Icye Klaire Brummett and Malakhi
Edward Brummett; two brothers, Gordon "Boo" Pate of
Georgetown, TX. and Paul G. Pate of Sherman; and multiple
nieces and nephews. Mr. Pate was preceded in death by his
parents, wife, three sisters, and two brothers.
The family received friends from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Waldo
Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
the Crossroads Presbyterian Church at 15642 State Hwy 160
Blue Ridge, TX 75424 or the at PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City,
OK 73123. The register book can be signed online at