Murphy L. Pate

Murphy L. Pate, 81. of San Antonio, passed away at his home on April 10, 2018, with Vicki, his wife of 46 years, and other loved ones nearby. Murphy was born in Flo, Texas on Aug. 7, 1936, to Jim Pate and Gracie Pate. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Anniece Pate Caldwell and Sybil Bates, and brothers James Pate, Bill Pate and Gene Pate.
Murphy’s childhood years were spent in Mexia, where he graduated from Mexia High School in 1956. He was on the football, basketball and track teams and was proud to be a Mexia Blackcat. His dearest friends were from his school days, and he remained close to them over the years. He attended many of the Mexia High School reunions, including his 60th reunion in 2016. He enjoyed getting together with his friends and discussing the ‘good old days.’ His fondest memories were those spent as a Boy Scout and a Mexia Blackcat.
Murphy and Vicki moved in 1979 to Corpus Christi, where they lived for 35 years. Murphy worked as a Project Superintendent in various refineries until his retirement from Repcon in 2007.
After traveling for a few years after retirement, Murphy and Vicki moved to San Antonio to be near their precious grandchildren, and so Samantha and Paulina could be closer to their PawPaw and Grandma.
Murphy is survived by his wife, Vicki; son Tim Pate (Dana), of Teague, and daughter Kristi Beach (Kevin), of San Antonio; grandchildren Marc Pate (Megan), of Hewitt, Rachel Tennen (Sterling), of Ashland,Ore; Samantha and Paulina Beach, of San Antonio; great-grandsons Maverick and Murphy Pate, of Hewitt, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Colonial Funeral Home on Monday, April 16, at 11 a.m.Burial will follow the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate in Murphy’s name to the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk, Universal City, TX 78148; phone 210-658-7037.