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John was born in Bartow, Florida on April 22, 1952. He happened to be the third of four children born to Berdelle Kendricks, his mother. John was the baby boy of the family and lived in Mulberry, Florida until he went to college. He attended college in Texas and pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; he became an Omega there. He also met Dorothy Pate there, his first wife. John then graduated and went back home before relocating to Dallas, Texas with Dorothy to start a family. Currently, he and Dorothy are divorced, but have two children together. John married a second time but they are divorced as well.

John retired from the Dallas Water Utilities after over 20 years of service and went on to live a simple life.

John David Pate Sr, beloved Father and friend to many, entered into his eternal home on April 26, 2017 into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior. John was welcomed to his eternal home by his mother, Berdelle and later his sister, Linda Hayes.

John is survived by his two children, John David Pate, Jr. and Nicole Burkett; his grandchildren Gabrialle Symone, Chelsee Sade, C’ynaia Naturealle, Giovanni Curtis, Brandon Terry, Keeandre, Javon, and Kee’Andre; siblings, Eugene and Sandra; his two ex-wives, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.