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Appalachian Funeral Services
Saturday July 17th, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Memorial Service

Appalachian Funeral Services
Saturday July 17th, 2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Kathee Jones

Kathee Pate Jones passed away early morning Tuesday July 13, 2021 after fighting cancer for almost 10 years. Kathee beat cancer once but it unfortunately came back. For the past 3 years she fought with every ounce of her body to kick cancer’s ass for a second time but her body had been through too much. 

As a teacher she molded countless individuals into pursuing their passion, always steadfast in the belief that dreams were worth chasing and could be attained. She found hers in the mountains where a peaceful life with friends and family was the lighthouse that called her home. 

She will be dearly missed by her parents, Bobby and Donna Pate and loving significant other, Buster Deitz; daughter, Katie Jones; brothers Elliot Pate, and the late Lon Pate; as well as her special four-legged companions, Ginger, Max, and Buddy.

The family will receive friends from 2:00PM-3:00PM on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva NC.  A Memorial Service will follow at 3:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Kathee's memory to: The Jackson County Animal Shelter at: animal.jacksonnc.org. 

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I am so lucky that I was able to teach and become friends with Kathee at STNS. Her sense of humor, zest for life, and fun spirit will never be forgotten. Sweet Katie, I will be keeping you and all her family and friends in my prayers.

Melissa Loyd Jul 23 2021 12:00 AM

Kathee was such a precious soul. She has left her mark on so many people and will be sorely missed. Prayers for her friends and family in the days ahead.

Laura Allen Jul 19 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kathee Jones

Laura Allen Jul 19 2021 12:00 AM

Kathee was a true light in this world! She was a beautiful person inside and out! Her presence and spirit in this world will be missed forever! I pray that all of her family and friends will feel the comfort and peace that only God can provide! My sincerest condolences! Love, Meri Beth Howard

Meri Beth Howard Jul 16 2021 12:00 AM

Oh how we loved Kathee! She made us all laugh at Team Meetings which were usually serious! She was an excellent teacher, wonderful mother, and a sweet friend! I am so blessed that I got to know you and work with you at GPS! Thoughts and Prayers for you Katie and family! Kathee will be making the angels laugh for sure!!! All my Love, Leslie Chandler-Murphey (worked with Kathy at GPS)

Leslie Murphey Jul 15 2021 12:00 AM

Kathee was one of my favorites, simply irreplaceable. She could make me laugh like no one else. We met years ago when we worked together at the University of West Georgia Health Center and she was a bridesmaid in my wedding. I am so very sorry for your loss. Looking forward to seeing her again one day and laughing like we always did when we were together. You are in my prayers, Katie and Coach and Mrs. Pate, as well as her significant other. With Love and Prayers, Sheila Reece Walls

Sheila Reece Walls Jul 14 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kathee Jones

Sheila Reece Walls Jul 14 2021 12:00 AM

I worked with Kathee in the Hamilton County school system in Chattanooga TN . Such a lovely funny woman.. Her spirit will be missed greatly !!!

Kathleen Peterson Jul 14 2021 12:00 AM

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