STATESVILLE Gerald A. "Jerry" Pate, 82, of Statesville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. He was born in Adrian, Mich., Oct. 2, 1937, to the late John Pate and Dorothy Snyder Pate. Jerry was loved by all who knew him and touched many lives through coaching Little League and Mickey Mantle Baseball. Jerry loved his children and grandchildren and took great pride in all their accomplishments. He was a mentor in the Big Brother, Big Sister program for many years to a very special young man. He is survived by his wife of 57 1/2 years, Beverly Joan Iffland, who he married April 14, 1962; his sister, Sharon Pate Hill of Adrian, Mich., his daughter, Kristen Rash and husband, Duane, and son, Steven Pate; and grandchildren, Andrew and Lukas Eller and Abigail Pate. The family will gather and receive friends at Nicholson Funeral Home Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul St. Clair officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial may be made to Iredell County Hospice and Palliative Care, 2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625; or Big Brother, Big Sister, P.O. Box 5441 Statesville, NC 28687. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com. Nicholson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Pate Family.