Colon Christopher Pake

July 24, 1946 - September 2, 2020
Colon Christopher Pake

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On September 2, 2020, Colon Christopher Pake passed peacefully at Ridgewood Manor in Washington, NC.
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 was very proud of their winning streak of 91 games from 1959-1961, including 3 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 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 October 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 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Friday, September 11, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Humane Society of Beaufort County at (252) 946-1591 or the Beaufort County Animal Shelter at (252) 946-4517.
You may share a memory with the family by visiting
Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Director Licensee of Washington is serving the Pake family.

Life Celebration

Friday, September 11, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Old Ford Church of Christ Life Center - Directions
6040 US Hwy 17 N
Washington, NC 27889

Life Celebration

Friday, September 11, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Old Ford Church of Christ Life Center - Directions
6040 US Hwy 17 N
Washington, NC 27889

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  • September 04, 2020
    Tracy Black says:
    Prayers for you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

  • September 16, 2020
    David R Taylor says:

  • September 13, 2020
    Dail Barbour says:
    So sorry to hear about Chris. We went to Beaufort High together for 12 years, grew up together. He was always a great guy, genuine and caring. Thinking of his family during this hard time.

  • September 09, 2020
    Peggy Valenti says:
    I enjoyed reading about Colon's full life that included his family and people who were dear to him. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • September 08, 2020
    Emily Belcher says:
    May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
    With love..

  • September 07, 2020
    Fred Woolard says:
    Mr. Pake was my friend and I will miss him. We talked often and he was very proud of his family and loved them very much. Fred Woolard

  • September 06, 2020
    Jeff and Pam Mault says:
    Dear Scott, Emily, and family,
    We are so sorry for the recent passing of Mr. Chris. We know he touched many lives as a teacher at Washington High School, and his legacy lives on in the same way you work and guide children today. Lean on each other in the coming days and know there of others you can lean on if needed. Love and hugs to all of you. With love ...

  • September 04, 2020
    Ashleigh, Ryan, and Susan Cash says:
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • September 04, 2020
    Darlene Pollard says:
    Had the pleasure of knowing Colon thru work Blessings of peace to you all

  • September 04, 2020
    Linda & Sonny Cordon says:
    I only met Mr. Pake on one occasion and that was to purchase some camping equipment from him. In that one visit which lasted well over an hour, we laughed and shared camping stories. I met his sweet wife and their pup too. He was the kind of man that you felt so welcome around. We could tell he was a genuine soul full of kindness, and he made quite an impression on us in that short visit. We are sorry for your loss. I know it will leave a big hole in your heart. May God bless and comfort you all.

  • September 04, 2020
    Praying for you and your family during this time of sadness.

  • September 04, 2020
    Barbara and Laurie Bradshaw says:
    We am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • September 04, 2020
    Karen Pierce says:
    My sweet friends, for so many years. We grew up together, studied together and got in some mischief together. The years and miles have kept us apart but you have always been and will always be in my heart. Love to you both and blessings on your family. Karen

  • September 02, 2020
    EvieLu Russell says:
    RIP Brother Buddy, I Love You !!!!!!! Give everyone a kiss from us, until we see each other again in HEAVEN !!!!!!! I know Mama is singing When we all get to Heaven for ya....... Love EvieLu, Johnnie, Abbey, Emry and William Finn Russell

  • September 03, 2020
    Tommy & Marilyn Hale says:
    We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Pake. May God bless and comfort all of his family as only He can is our prayer. (Friends of Scott and Emily.)

  • September 03, 2020
    Bill & Gwen Myers says:
    Our sincere condolences to the whole Pake family. We love you all. Gwen & Bill Myers

  • September 03, 2020
    Billy and Virginia ONeal says:
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I really enjoyed playing golf with your father! He was fine man.

  • September 03, 2020
    Stephanie Fore says:
    My prayers go out to the Pake Family. My God keep you in his arms, covered in his grace, mercy peace, comfort during this time.

  • September 03, 2020
    Leisa Davis says:
    Prayers for the family . Mr Pake was a great friend and a super teacher . He will be missed .
    Many hugs , much love & prayers for comfort in the days ahead.

  • September 03, 2020
    Dorcas and Jimmy Oakley says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. I considered Chris to be a friend

  • September 03, 2020
    Carol Hartman says:
    Dear Pake family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Chris. I was their mail carrier for 23 years prior to retiring in 2018, and enjoyed knowing them and having many conversations with them through the years. They most often spoke about their children and grandchildren, and I also had the privilege of meeting their rescued dogs through the years. They were a very special couple! Thinking of you all in your loss. Sincerely, Carol Hartman

  • September 03, 2020
    Judy Beacham says:
    So sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Chris Pake. He was a wonderful man , always loving life and especially his dear family. Chris was always ready with his quick witted and highly intelligent responses, such a pleasure to be around or just to engage in a conversation with. My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends, as we can all rejoice in knowing that he is now reunited with his dear Lucy. Fly high my friend.

  • September 03, 2020
    Pat Smith says:
    My best friend in High School. RIP.

  • September 03, 2020
    Sandy Everette says:
    Though you are gone from our midst, my memories of you as my little brother will never die. You called me your lighthouse and mother hen. My beacon light isn't very bright right now. You are no longer suffering which is a huge comfort for all of us. I can picture Mother and Dad, Nanny and Teenie, Poppa and Uncle Bud and your Lucy as you crossed the bar to go home. I will always love you as you have been the wind beneath my wings for so many years.

  • September 03, 2020
    Lindsay Smith says:
    Thinking of you all! I was one of those kids your parents took in with awesome memories of being on the river and at the beach! Sending love ❤

  • September 02, 2020
    Brenda Melton says:
    Such a wonderful person. We had some great times with Chris and Lucy. Until we meet again. Give Lucy a big hug and kiss. Love The Melton's.