Paul Henderson McFate, Age 82 of Asheboro, North Carolina was welcomed into the Kingdom of heaven on January 13, 2017. He was also known as Jamie to his family and Henderson to the community.
He was born in Slippery Rock, PA on August 16, 1934 to Ira Paul and Myrtle McFate where he was the youngest of 6. Paul graduated from Slippery Rock High School in 1953 where he was President of Future Farmers of America. He worked on the family farm and enjoyed raising horses. He graduated from Bob Jones University in 1960. Paul served 6 years in the Naval Reserves. Sixteen months were spent in active duty traveling around the world which also included the Cuban missile crisis (Bay of Pigs).
He began working at Camp Pinnacle in Voorheesville, NY where he met and married Jean Carol Hogan on June 5, 1965. He worked a total of 25 years at Camp Pinnacle as a "Jack of all trades". Paul and his wife served on the mission field for 17 years establishing Discipleship Schools in 6 countries of East and Central Africa with International Accelerated Missions. After retiring in late 2011 he volunteered at Camp Pinnacle and International Accelerated Missions.
As a member of Delmar Full Gospel (Legacy Church) he served on the Missions Task Force. Paul spent his latter years at Cross Road Retirement Community in Asheboro, NC with his wife. There, he was surrounded by loving and supportive friends.
They were also members of Sunset Avenue Church of God in Asheboro, NC.
Paul is survived by his wife Jean Carol McFate of Asheboro, NC and four children: Darren McFate, and wife Rebecca of Silver Spring, MD; Melissa Randall and husband Paul of Byram, NJ; Tracey Jackson & husband Mark of East Berne, NY and Jodi Guilzon and husband Mark of the Rukwa Valley, Tanzania, East Africa and 16 grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters; Bernice Balsbaugh and Joella Hogan, a brother Robert McFate, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul's example of sacrificial service taught us what it looked like to serve the Lord with humility. His legacy is carried on in his four children, 16 grandchildren and future generations. Joshua 24:15 was his focus; "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my household we will serve the Lord".
A viewing will be held Friday, January 20, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm followed by a funeral service on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 am. Both will be held at Rock Road Chapel, 96 Rock Road Berne, NY 12023. A private burial will be held at Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY.
Arrangements are being handled by Pugh Funeral Home of Asheboro, NC and Fredendall Funeral Home of Altamont, NY.