PHS Graduate 1963 - Jerry Pate Long (78 yrs)
November 20, 1944 - September 10, 2023
Jerry Pate Long, a devoted husband, loving father, and cherished grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, September 10, 2023. He was born and raised in Paducah, a place that held a special corner of his heart throughout his life. Born on November 20, 1944, to his beloved parents, Homer and Beulah Long, Jerry Pate was a true son of Paducah. His unwavering love and loyalty for this tight-knit community were evident in his passion for Paducah High School sports. His enthusiasm for his Dragons was unmatched and he continued to support his alma mater throughout his life. His dedication to local sports left an indelible mark on Paducah’s sporting legacy.
Jerry was not only a loyal supporter of his town but also a dedicated family man. He found his greatest joy in the roles of a father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the center of his world, and he relished every moment he spent with them. Whether it was attending school events, sharing stories, or offering words of wisdom, Jerry Pate was a constant source of love and guidance to his family.
However, if there was one love that surpassed all others in Jerry’s life, it was his love for his wife of 58 years, Susie. Their love story was one for the ages, an enduring bond that stood the test of time. Jerry Pate and Susie’s love was a beacon of strength and devotion, a testament to the power of a lifelong partnership. Their love story will continue to inspire generations to come.
Jerry Pate Long leaves behind a legacy of love, loyalty, and community spirit. His impact on Paducah and the lives he touched will be remembered and cherished forever. He is survived by his beloved wife, Susie Long, his children, Mona Gregory and her husband, Richard; Joy Self and her husband, Bryan; Cindy Yates and her husband, Morris, grandchildren, Kyler Gregory and his wife Emily; Kit Gregory and his wife Sumaya; Kade Gregory, Kourtney Kennedy, Jace Kennedy, Jared Kennedy, Jantz Self, Jules Mokry, Joseph Mokry, Thomas Yates, Taylor Yates and Tristan Yates, great grandchildren, Izabelle Gregory, Jozephine Gregory, Hazelynn Gregory, Daliah Gregory and Zaniah Gregory and a host of friends and relatives who will carry his memory in their hearts.
Jerry Pate was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Beulah Long and his two brothers, James and Homer Lee Long.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at Zapata Funeral Home in Paducah, Texas between 6:00 – 8:00pm, Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church Paducah on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at 2:00pm followed by interment at Garden of Memories then fellowship at The Table Church on the square in Paducah where everyone is welcome.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Paducah Booster Club to help support his Dragons.
Jerry Pate Long’s departure leaves a void that cannot be filled, but his love and memories will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who knew him. May he rest in eternal peace in the arms of his Lord.