Robert E. “Bobby” Pate

CENTRALIA — Robert E. “Bobby” Pate, 64, of Centralia, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Bobby was born September 18, 1956, in New Harmony, IN, the son of William M. Pate and Nora B. (Manhart) Pate. He married Linda Hollingsead on February 15, 1975, in Centralia and she survives him in Centralia.

In addition to his wife Linda of 46 years, Bobby is survived by his father and mother: William M. Pate and Nora B. Pate; one daughter: Melissa Johnson and husband Charlie of St. Robert, MO; two grandchildren: Dylan Winegarner and wife Kelsey of Fort Campbell, KY, and Brett Winegarner of Centralia; four great-grandchildren: Gentry Winegarner, Kynlynn Winegarner, Carter Winegarner, and Rylan Winegarner; one sister: Linda Schuette and husband Mike of Maryville, IL; three brothers: William “Billy” Pate Jr. and wife Tami of Carlyle, IL, Steven Pate and wife Marlena of Beckemeyer, IL, and John Pate and wife Paula of Beckemeyer, IL; three brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Shirley Weaver and husband Jeffrey of Sandoval, IL, Steven Hollingsead of Salem, Diana Kay Lugari and husband Ron of Decatur and Carl Purcell of Salem; several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Bobby was preceded in death by his grandparents: Edward L. Pate and Mary Ola Pate, and Bert Manhart and Sylvia Manhart; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Charles Hollingsead and Grace Hollingsead; sister-in-law: Geraldine Purcell and brother-in-law: Wendell Hollingsead.

Bobby was a member of the Church of God in Centralia. Bobby enjoyed fishing, singing Karaoke, and camping. His family meant the world to him and he cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by his four-legged companion Molly.

A private family service for Robert “Bobby” Pate will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia. Anyone who attends the visitation at the funeral home will be required to wear a mask and social distance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Pate family.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting and the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home Facebook page.