Vernon “Lindy” Pate of Lewisville, Arkansas, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ Sunday, April 27, 2014. Mr. Pate graduated from Hope High School in Hope, Arkansas and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. He attended Southern State College in Magnolia, Arkansas and Oklahoma State College in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He lacked 30 semester hours earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Mr. Pate was retired as a registered Quality Professional Engineer from the state of California.
Mr. Pate enjoyed a 36 year career in the oil, gas and CO2 pipeline construction industry building metering stations, dehydration systems, injection lines, pump stations, road, culvert, pile driving and bridge construction of the Alaskan Pipeline Road as well as completion of the Alaskan Pipeline and supervision of the laying of over 1500 miles of pipeline from 2 inches up to 48 inches. His career covered Alaska, Ecuador, California, Alabama, North Dakota, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana, and Mississippi.
He was a man’s man and had a following of men who were willing and eager to work under his leadership. He served 8 years in the United States Army National Guard.
Mr. Pate worked as a student engineer at the Compression Station at Texarkana, Arkansas, Cooper Tire and Rubber Company Technical Engineer and was a two year Physics and Math instructor at Texarkana, Arkansas High School and Texas Instruments at Richardson, Texas. He, in his spare time, loved hunting, fishing and trapping as well as raising cattle and broilers on the family farm. His devotion to his wife, children and grandchildren as well as to the Lord’s Church was undisputed.
Mr. Pate was an ordained Deacon by Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Texarkana, also serving at First North in Lewisville, Providence Baptist in Hempstead County, Arkansas and Trinity Baptist Church in Stamps, Arkansas.
Mr. Pate was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Elva Young Pate and his father and mother-in-law, Corban and Eva Jackson.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, LaFrance Pate; twin sons, Glenn Pate and wife, Sharon of Plano, TX and Lynn Pate and wife, Randie of Fayetteville, AR; daughter, Sarah Gustafson and husband, Howard of Texarkana, AR; six grandsons, Michael Pate and wife, Miranda of Logan, UT; Kyle Pate and Devin Pate of Fayetteville, AR ; Will Carter of Texarkana, TX; Josh Carter of Conway, AR and Jackson Pate of Plano, TX; one granddaughter, Jessica Clawson and husband, Grant of Conway, AR; four great granddaughers, Madilyn, Elizabeth and Eva Claire Pate of Logan, UT and Emory Clawson of Conway, AR; three step grandsons, Matthew, David and Benjamin Gustafson of Texarkana, AR; one foster granddaughter, Brandie Foshi and foster great granddaughter, Jordan Foshi and foster great grandson, Haden Foshi of Farmington, AR. He is further survived by two brothers, Bobby L. Pate and wife, Sandra of Leary, TX and Tony J. Pate and wife, Barbara of Hope, AR; one sister, Patricia Gail Hicks of St. Petersburg, FL; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Stamps, AR with Bro. Charlie Warren, Bro. Wayne Johnson, and Bro. Imond Washington officiating. Interment will follow at Wilson Cemetery in Lewisville, AR. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Smith Funeral Home in Stamps. Online registration is available at www.aosmithfuneralhome.com.