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David Jerome Pate, 59, of Stamford, CT, (formally of Snow Hill, NC) died on Fri, June 19, 2020, in Connecticut.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Noon at Snow Hill Cemetery A viewing will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020, from 12 PM to 6 PM at S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Apostle Mal Williams will be officiating. Social distancing and face masks are required at the funeral home and the cemetery. Please use the side door to the chapel for viewing on Friday.
Throughout his time in public school, he always had the ability to bring laughter to his teachers, friends, & anyone who was around. David found a love for music at an early age. His Elementary Band Teacher Mr. Ed Morgan introduced David to his first instrument, the Trumpet. One of his Major accomplishments while a Freshman in high school was joining the Marching Band Under the tutelage of Kenneth Ginn. He elected to play the Trumpet, & He played the trumpet-like no one else could. He made the band the success that it was with his dazzling Solos. He went off to college in August 1979 to Fayetteville State University, where he majored in music under the direction of Dr. Richard Hadley. Just like high school, he made an impact with the Marching band and Jazz band at the University. David also played in various Rythym & Blues Bands. Some of the bands to mention were Change Reaction, Casanovas, & Conspiracy Band.
David remained at FSU for four years, and in the Spring of 1983, he moved to New York to pursue his dream & his next adventures. While living and working in New York, David joined and became a member of the Strait Gate Church. He joined the Music ministry of the Judah Chorale Choir, where he continued playing his Trumpet, ministering to the people of God. David joined the band "A BETTER WAY," recording with them and many other groups. At the church, David met and married the mother of his four children Sandra Pate.
David is predeceased by his father John Lee Edwards, his mother Earlene Pate Panting, his brother Michael Hart. David is survived by his four children, Amber Jeni Pate Kirwan (Shahadi), Fredrick Jerome Pate, Julius Britt (Florcita) Stephen Britt (fiancée Shannon). David has a sister Juvonie (Nathaniel ) a brother John Finch (Melinda)
David has eight grandchildren, six nieces, and nephews. David has four covenant Brothers, Mal Williams, Retho Williams, George D. Hill, and Elijah Servance. David is also survived by seven aunts and two uncles as well as a host of relatives and friends.
David has always been a team player. Having David on your team really made the difference between average and excellence.
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Service of comfort by S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home in Snow Hill.
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