Elizabeth “Bettie ” Hicks Pate

August 1, 1935 - May 3, 2024

08/01/1935 - 05/03/2024

Past Services

Visitation
Saturday May 11, 2024
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday May 11, 2024
2:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions

AHOSKIE, NC – On May 3, 2024 Elizabeth (Bettie) Hicks Pate transitioned from Earth to Heaven at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, NC. Bettie was born Elizabeth Lackey Hicks on August 1, 1935 in Henderson, NC to parents Donald Cade and Mattille Irwin Magee Hicks. Bettie was preceded in death by her grandson Joshua Cade Tucker (Betsy); her mother and father and eleven brothers and sisters: Leah, Robert (Uly), Donald Cade Jr., Joseph, Mattille, Virginia, Thomas, Rebecca, John, Richard, and Helen.

Bettie was the beloved wife of 63 years to Kenneth Pate of Ahoskie. Ken and Bettie moved to Ahoskie in 1989 after raising their children in Alexandria, VA. Bettie is survived by her husband Ken; three children Kevin (Grace), Jeff (Melvalyn), and Betsy Harrell (Colt); ten grandchildren Kim, Bailey, Ben, Lily, Lauren, Brittany, Kara, Lindsey, David, and Allison; and nine great-grandchildren Noah, Gabby, Jillian, Kadence, Hunter, Hannah, Bodie, Reese, and Reagan.

Bettie grew up in Franklinton, NC, graduating from Franklinton High School in 1953. She went on to Louisburg College, earning a degree in accounting. In the late 1950s, Bettie moved from Franklinton to Washington, DC where she lived at the YWCA and worked at Riggs Bank. Her roommate, Irene Bradford (Harrington), was responsible for introducing Bettie to a local musician Ken Pate in the fall of 1960.

Ken and Bettie were married in June 1961 and lived in Washington, DC. After their two sons Kevin and Jeff were born, they moved to Alexandria, VA in 1966 where Betsy was born in 1968. In addition to raising three children, Bettie worked as bookkeeper and then Secretary/Treasurer of Ken-Eddy, Inc. until both she and Ken retired in 1989.

Bettie was highly intelligent, and overcoming a severe hearing impairment, she taught herself to read lips and became an effective communicator. Bettie was an avid reader and collector of mystery, legal thrillers, and romance novels. John Grisham, Nora Roberts, and Danielle Steele were her favorites. Well-known to be a fanatic of UNC sports, especially men’s basketball, Bettie also passionately rooted for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles. She enjoyed word puzzles and was a very competitive board game and card player and until recently, an active member of a bridge club in Murfreesboro. From Skip-Bo to Scrabble, Bettie always played to win.

During her retirement years, Bettie also spent much of her time devoted to flowers, feeding the birds, and making sure her hummingbird feeders were maintained. She was also well known for her excellent cooking skills, which were common among her family. Family gatherings were always sweetened by her delicious banana pudding. Her favorite foods to eat were oysters, crab legs, ice cream, and shrimp. Bettie’s favorite restaurant was Red Lobster. Bettie was also fond of telling humorous stories and the occasional naughty joke.

The one thing for which Bettie wished to be remembered is her love and devotion to her family. In this vein, she kept a detailed calendar to mark birthdays and anniversaries of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Bettie was faithful to send cards to all her children to remember these events. Both Ken and Bettie attended Union Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested what Bettie loved most… potted or hanging plants, or flowering shrubs to plant or hang at their home.

In tribute to Bettie’s love of sports, the family invites you to join them in wearing colors and attire in support of her favorite sports teams: UNC, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Orioles.

Bettie Pate’s life will be celebrated with a service on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 pm until 1:45 pm at the funeral home.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Pate family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

 

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Rebecca Hammond
16 days ago

Chip and I are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Bettie was so kind and funny. Your mother and father have always shown such devotion to family. She will be missed. Love to you all.

Beverly Tucker
16 days ago

My deepest sympathies go out to the entire extended family of Mrs. (Bettie) Pate. The maternal grandmother my nephew Joshua Cade Tucker (R.I.P), & Kara Marie Tucker (husband Corey Vincent), & their daughter, Kadence Vincent (my great-niece).

I always knew her to be a kind, cheerful, lovely, & feisty lady — and she was most definitely a lady brimming with love.

In God’s House, may she rest easy, and decorate Heaven with her heart & her hands.

Love,
Beverly Tucker

Andrea Eason
17 days ago

Bettie and I shared a love of sports and we played bridge together. When visiting her home I noticed her memorabilia of the Washington Redskins. I too was a Redskins fan. I was from Kansas so our basketball teams were opposite. We reminisced about the KU .vs UNC games. Bettie was a wonderful Bridge player and we miss her dearly.

Frankie Harris
17 days ago



Frankie Harria
18 days ago

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Jill Russek
18 days ago

Your mother sounds like a very incredible woman, devoted to family, work and life. I am sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for your family in this time of sorrow.

GLENN AND FRANCES MARTIN AND FAMILY
18 days ago

SUCH A BEAUTIFUL OBITUARY! BETTIE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON! YOU ALL HAVE MY SYMPATHY! SHE IS WITH OUR JESUS NOW! R. I. P., DEAR BETTIE!

Charmaine Williams
18 days ago

Sending love from Charmaine Williams and family! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anthony Dyson
18 days ago

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