April 27, 2022, 82, Goldsboro –
Sara Pate Rollins, 82, finished her earthly course and attained the crown of righteousness awaiting her on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, surrounded by the love and warmth of her family while being cared for at Johnston Health in Smithfield. Sara was born in Wayne County to the late Handley and Irene Pate on August 19, 1939. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Willie M. Rollins; twin sister, Sallie Pate; sister, Alma Lewis; and brothers, Handley Pate, Frank Pate and Brooks Pate.
From the moment of her birth, Sara had a strong will and determined spirit. As the years progressed, Sara was sure to repay the love and care she received by sharing her gift of love with others.
Though Sara worked for many years at Americal, her primary goal was always the care and well-being of others. Her compassion and devotion were most evident as she tirelessly cared for her husband as his health declined.
Family was one of Sara’s dearest possessions and fondest loves. Raising her three children in a Christian home, she continued the legacy of deep faith as she helped raise all her grandchildren with the same love. As the years went by and children and grandchildren became adults, Sara looked forward to every family gathering that drew them in close.
For her family and friends, Sara was a genuine saint. Harsh words were few, but prayers abounded as she constantly lifted her family to the Lord. Putting others before herself was a mere reflection of the love of Jesus contained within her. A love she expressed to family, friends, and her church, Sara was a loyal member of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church where she faithfully participated in ministry through her prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.
Always maintaining an immaculate yard, Sara took great pride in her flower beds and potted plants for which she cared. From weeding to planting, Sara could do it all and delighted in the task. Organized and prepared, her pantry was always fully stocked so that she could prepare a dish for her family, church, or someone in need, a testament of how giving and prepared she was in all things.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at The First Pentecostal Holiness Church followed by a service to celebrate Sara’s life at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary with Pastor Bill Rose officiating. Interment will be in the Pate Family Cemetery.
Sara is survived by her children, Al Seymour and wife, Elizabeth, Vickie Boyette, and Tammy Bunn and husband, Duane; grandchildren, Brittany Dublin and husband, DiAndre, Jake Bunn and wife, Chelsea, Ryan Bunn and wife, Lydia, Cody Bunn and Matthew Boyette; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Brooklyn, Jase, Zuri, and was anticipating the birth of another great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sisters, Suzanne Gurley and Linda Pate; brother, Junior Pate and wife, Mary; and sisters-in-law, Edna Pate and Annette Pate. Sara had a great love for the many special nieces and nephews she had and for her dear friend, Nayda Sibbel.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given in her memory to The First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1100 The First Church Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534.
Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.