Colon Christopher Pake

Published 1:22 am Friday, September 4, 2020

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On Sept. 2, 2020, Colon Christopher Pake passed peacefully at Ridgewood Manor in Washington.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Rogers McClenithan; his father, Colon Walker Pake; and a special father, William “Mac” McClenithan. He will be missed by his loving sister, Sandra Everette and her husband Jimmy, of Beaufort; and a cousin, Evielu Russell, also of Beaufort. His children, who loved him dearly, are Leighann and her husband Anthony, of Roanoke Rapids, Daryn and her husband Tim, of New Bern, Scott and his wife Emily, of Washington, and Spencer and his wife Shannon, of Washington. He was a proud grandfather to Savannah, Tristan, Meghan, Cayden, Trey, Elli, Morgan, Henley, Anna Brey and Hayley.

Chris was born in 1946 to proud parents. He fondly told stories of helping on the farm and growing up in Beaufort. His favorite recollections were of his basketball days as a Sea Dog for BHS and he was very proud of their winning streak of 91 games from 1959-1961, including three state championships. He followed his sister to WVMA radio station and enjoyed his days as a DJ.

As a father, they broke the mold with Chris Pake. Patient and loving, he guided us all with a gentle, yet firm, hand and heart. He was so proud of his kids and the adults we are today. “Big Chris,” and his sense of humor, could always keep us laughing. Our friends were always welcome in our home. Chris and Lucy helped raise many more children than their own four kids.

You would be remiss to talk about Chris without talking about his loving wife and sweetheart, Lucy. The two were like peas in a pod, and you rarely saw one without the other. They both tackled life together — pursuing careers in education and raising a big family, hand in hand. They lived and loved with joy — and you could always find them on a beach, on the river or in the pool. Lucy left us on Oct. 10, 2019, and Chris grieved with all of us. He lived with her loving memory and wanted to be here as a brother, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed, but we all smile knowing that he and Lucy are shagging to their favorite song “Magic in the Moonlight.” They have had a “sweet hello” with our “bitter goodbye.”

The family will receive friends at the Old Ford Church of Christ Family Life Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Humane Society of Beaufort County (252-946-1591) or the Beaufort County Animal Shelter at (252-946-4517).

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Joseph B. Paul Jr., Funeral Director Licensee of Washington, is serving the Pake family.