Dylan Bear Pate “Pooky”, 34, died on Friday, May 14, 2021 at his home he resided in with his Mother and Son. Dylan had a personality that was bigger than the world and never met a stranger. Dylan graduated high school in 2006 from Provisions Academy in Sanford. Dylan loved sports and played football and basketball throughout middle and high school. In 2007, Dylan joined the US Army where he became part of the 82nd Airborne Division. During his time at basic training he was awarded Sharp Shooter. Dylan found a purpose serving his country and always had gratitude for the time he was able to give through his service. He had a compassionate heart for animals and spent many years as a pet groomer. Dylan had the opportunity to have a lot of wonderful life experiences but his two greatest accomplishments were his two children James and Meredith whom he loved very much.
Dylan is survived by his mother, Phyllis Pokemire who dedicated her life to her children. Dylan leaves behind his two children James, 11 and Meredith Pate, 4 along with his wife Ivette Aranda. Siblings Bennie and wife Kate Pokemire of Alabama and Gerald Pokemire of Virginia. A niece that was raised as a sister, Morgan and husband Jeremy Billings of Chatham County and great niece and nephew Cabrey and Casey Billings 8. Along with nieces and nephews Taylor, Andrew and son Max, Moira and husband Matthew Foss, and Madelyn Pokemire. Aunts and Uncles Teresa and Ronnie Donaldson and Kim Dudley. Cousins that were more like brothers Scott, Jeff, David, Trey, and Cole. Dylan leaves behind many friends that loved him like a brother and he will forever be a Kendale Boy.
Dylan is preceded in his death by his sister Sonja Lynn Pokermire “Nana” who undoubtedly was smiling as he entered the gates of heaven to meet her again. Grandmother, Geralden Womack. Uncle, John Dudley.
Dylan was loved by many people and truly had a heart of gold and loved to make people laugh. Sometimes too much, Dylan will forever be remembered for the countless pranks he pulled. Dylan had confidence and zest for life that he will always be remembered for. Unfortunately, Dylan battled many years with an awful disease. Dylan had a renewing of heart and spirit in the last months of his life and truly began to free himself from the bondage that held him captive. Dylan’s family takes comfort in knowing this pain is temporary and they will be reunited again in paradise.
The funeral will be held Friday, May 21, 2021, 4PM, at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Scott Yow presiding. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In Lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Living Free Ministries, 1230 Walnut Grove Lane, Snow Camp, NC 27349.
Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.
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