Maxie Earl Pate, GMG2

Served onboard USS RUSH


Maxie Earl Pate, GMG2 (1966)

During a phone conversation with Maxie's brother, our Web master learned of Maxie's passing. His brother pointed out that Maxie so loved to receive our newsletter, expecially with information about the reunions. He said he missed his brother, and our webmaster replied that we will all miss our shipmate, Maxie. The photograph above was taken from the 1966 William R. Rush (DD 714) Cruise Book.

The following obituary was published in The Greenville News of Greenville, South Carolina on November 1, 2006:

ProudVeteran.jpgMr. Maxie Earl Pate
1931 - 2006
Lancaster, South Carolina

Maxie Earl Pate, age 75, of Lancaster, S.C., formerly of Pomona, Galloway Twp., New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006.

Maxie was born in Great Falls, S.C., and formerly lived in Pomona, N.J., for 35 years before moving to South Carolina several years ago.

He retired from the United States Navy, serving his country honorably for close to 25 years. He then worked for Atlantic City Medical Center for fifteen years.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marguerite (1995); and siblings Glen, George, and Bill Pate; and a sister, Lucille Pate. He is survived by his sister, Jourleen Pate; and his brother, Reecie Pate; both of Lancaster, S.C.

He is survived by his seven children, Maxie, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, John (Dale), of EHT, Henrietta Boota (Ahmad) of Greenville, S.C., Paul (Rachel) of Vineland, Marguerite, of Egg Harbor, Brian (Traci) of Gloucester, and Christopher (Lara) of Pomona. Maxie is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Brandon, Veronica, Jessica, Phillip, Alex, Zachary, Paul Jr., Carolyn, James, John Jr., Nicholas, Brian Jr., Matthew and Justin.

Mass will be celebrated at St. Nicholas church, 525 St. Louis Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215, at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, with a viewing at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Laurel Memorial Park, Cemetery, Pomona, NJ. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wimberg Funeral Home, 400 Liverpool Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ, Telephone (609) 965-0357. Memorial donations can be sent to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, South Carolina 29621.

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© The Greenville News 2006
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