CHIPLEY - Longtime Washington County Commissioner Sydney Joel Pate, 80, of Chipley went home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2019 at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

A very involved member of his community, Pate served on the Washington County Board of County Commissioners from 2006- 2014, as well as numerous other county boards. He served as Treasurer for the Republican Party of Florida for 12 years. Joel loved his community and was an avid supporter of youth sports, 4-H, and FFA. He was a member of Holmes Creek Baptist Church in Chipley, Florida.

Former Washington County Manager David Corbin remembers Pate fondly.

"I served 12 years with Mr. Pate and I truly enjoyed those times," said Corbin. "Mr. Pate was happiest when he was checking culverts in his district. He used to tell me, 'David, I want you to make sure that I am taking care of what the public needs.' He was a very compassionate man and a true Republican. I will miss him just as the citizens of Washington County will also."

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Pate of Chipley, Florida; son: Clint Pate and wife Alice of Graceville, Florida; daughter: Rita Ventry and husband Frank of Quincy, Florida; brother: Franklin Pate of Crawfordville, Florida; three grandchildren: Anthony Pate and wife Alyssa, Hannah O’Steen and husband Shannon, Hunter Ventry; five great grandchildren: Landon O’Steen, Brantlee Pate, Makayla O’Steen, Ashlyn O’Steen, Gentry Pate.

Pate was born on April 25, 1938 in Jackson County,to J.L. and Bonnie Searcy Pate. He served in the Army National Guard and worked with the Florida Department of Transportation Roadway Design Department for 34 years. Pate was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held last week at Obert Funeral Home.