Shirley Anne Wright Pate, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel officiated by Rev. J.W. Williams, Rev. Woody Byrd and Rev. D.J. Byrd. Burial will follow in Hillside Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Shirley was born in St. Pauls (Robeson County), North Carolina on October 24, 1940 to the late Ida Belle Bordeaux and Paul Dubon Wright. Shirley attended the schools in Laurinburg. She was a lifelong resident of and raised her family in Laurinburg. She lived briefly in Baltimore, MD, St. Pauls, NC and Dallas, TX. She worked at Rostra Corporation retiring after many years of service. She loved a variety of music, especially hymns and country. She loved working in her yard and flowers. She especially loved vacationing at the beach with her family. She attended South Laurinburg Pentecostal Church.
Shirley was a lovely lady who found her calling in rearing her children and loving her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved many other activities, but most of all she loved her family and friends, and doing things for others.
Shirley’s great -great grandfather Enoch Bordeaux was injured and died in Elmira Prison Camp during the Civil War. Her great- great grandfather, Simpson Wright was a medic in the Civil war and her 5X great grandfather John William Fowler was in the Revolutionary War. Her 12X great grandfather George Soule was a passenger on the Mayflower and signer of the Mayflower Compact, arriving at Plymouth, MA in 1620.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Mitchell Paul Wright and her sister, Janet “Jeanette” Carol Wright Locklear (Willard).
She is survived by her beloved children and grandchildren: daughter, Debra Diane Byrd Ring (Jeffrey), Laurel Hill, daughter, Sharon Annette Pate, Laurinburg; son, Danny Lee Pate (Sandra), Laurel Hill, son, Timothy William Pate, Laurel Hill, son, Christopher Paul Pate, Laurel Hill, and raised as her son, Mitchell Paul Wright, Jr. Her grandchildren are Richard Allen Johnson (Michele); Crystal Dawn Johnson, Heather Nicole Clanton Newton (Robert), Tiffany Dawn Pate, Jamie Denise Pate Johnson (Brian) Emily Grace Pate, Kaysee Mashell Britt, Dustin Hayward Holcombe, Autumn Michelle Pate, Chasity Leann Heider, Aaron Joel Pate, Brittany Sierra Pate, and Bradley Paul Pate. She also leaves behind her former husband, William Alexander Pate of Laurel Hill, sister Judy Ann Wright Hunt (JC) of Laurinburg; brothers, Gene Thomas “Tom” Wright (Betsy) Florence, SC, and Kenneth Ray Wright (Marguerite) Laurinburg; many great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Although flowers are welcomed, the family requests memorial donations be given in her memory to Scotland Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28343 or to the charity of your choice.
Richard Boles Funeral Services
Saturday April 1st, 2017
13640 Andrew Jackson Hwy.
Laurinburg, NC Lauri
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I hope you each of you will remember how dear and loving your mother was throughout your lives and please know she always loved each of you and wanted the very best for you. She frequently let me know just how much she loved all of you and how very happy she was with your loving and cheerful visits and how she looked forward to your hugs and sharing your life stories with her. Her eyes would sparkle while talking about each of you. What amazing love you put in her heart! I knew her love for me was always there, and I will forever miss her love, trust and companionship. I will miss seeing the same she had for all of you! O, what a wonderful daughter, mother, grandmother and aunt, and what a wonderful sister! Again, what a gift it was for so, so, so long just knowing she was "there". She was there! That made such a difference in our lives!
Submitted by Tom Wright on Apr 2 2017 11:55:45 AM
So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family. Love to your family.
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So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort. Much love to your family.
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