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Sand Rock Native returns for book-signing Friday, June 23, at Cherokee County Public Library

June 23, 2017 GMT

CENTRE---John Pate, a native of Sand Rock and a graduate of sand Rock School, now lives in California. He has returned to his hometown for a few days to visit relatives, help with the handling of his late mother’s estate, and to have a book-signing for his new book TEARS OF GADUHAV. The book is set in Alabama and features legends about Confederate gold locations. Readers will recognize many of the sites discussed in the book.

The book-signing will be at the Cherokee County Public Library from 2-5pm on Friday, June 23.

Pate, who has served as a professor at California Baptist University, has written several children’s books and is also well-known for his comedy routines on ships, in Las Vegas, and at corporate seminars. He worked with Red Skelton for many years and was often Skelton’s warm-up act. Pate was also a main coordinator of a major tribute to Skelton shortly after Skelton’s death.


Pate and his wife Sarah have three children---whom they adopted from South America. One of the children recently was graduated from college.

John Pate is the son of the late

Ruby and Samuel Pate. Samuel served as the agribusiness teacher at Sand Rock High School for more than 30 years; Ruby Pate’s career years were at the federal building in Centre.