Obituaries April 30, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family of Thomas Lynn Davis of Okolona at www.robinsonfh.net.

Byron Tate
BELDEN – Byron G. Tate, of Belden, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, in North Mississippi Medical Center after a long fight against heart disease. Born in Center on July 22, 1921, to Bethel and Vera Tate, Byron was one of the elite group of soldiers called the “Greatest Generation” who fought for our country’s freedom as a Corporal in the U. S. Army, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division receiving three Battle Stars and a Bronze Star for bravery. His unit was on the first line in the Battle of the Bulge, the hardest fought battle of the war where he received a Purple Heart. Historians have called the Battle of the Bulge the greatest single victory in U. S. Army history. After this battle, his company went on to capture the Bridge at Remagen at the Rhine River which has been the subject of many books and documentary films for movie and television. An act of Congress allows these men to wear caps with the 9th Armored Infantry patch and the word Remagen at the bottom. When questioned, Mr. Tate always stated that fighting at the Bridge at Remagen and the Battle of the Bulge makes you appreciate freedom and the little things in life. He said that “none of us were heroes – we were all scared to death – we just wanted to do our job to protect ourselves and our buddies, and get back home.” One of those “little things” in life was Byron’s love of fishing. He was avid fisherman who especially enjoyed mentoring the young men in his family and teaching them the art of catching crappie and bream at Sardis Lake. Another love of his life was his church life, becoming an ordained deacon in the 1960s serving several terms as chairman of the deacons at both Kensington Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., and Sherman Baptist Church, Sherman.  During the last years of his life, he and his wife were members of Belden Baptist Church. 
Following the war and his return to the New Albany area, Byron married Agnes Parks of Sherman. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in September. At the beginning of their marriage in December 1950, they moved to Memphis where he was began work at the Memphis Defense Depot. After 33 years of service he retired and they returned to their roots to begin their last phase of married life.
A loving and devoted family man, his survivors include one daughter, Patrice Tate of Sherman; granddaughter Amy Tate Barnett (J.R.) of Sherman; grandson Jonathan Byron Tate (Bethany) of Houston, Miss., granddaughters Lauren, Gracie and Greta Tate; and grandson Gavin Tate. His life also included a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he loved and cherished. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lelia Tate Edwards and her husband Roy; one brother William Earl Tate; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Parks. In addition, he was preceded in death by his son, Terry Craig Tate, who he cherished, and a great-grandson Preston Byron Tate who was his namesake. 
Pallbearers will be Rick Parks, Jeff Parks, Andy Chapman, Danny Tate, Jimmy Tate and Mark May.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tobie Edwards, Stevie Chapman, and Belden Baptist Church Men’s II Sunday School Class.

Robert Tucker
HOLLY SPRINGS – Robert Louis Tucker, 75, of Holly Springs died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Alliance Health Care System in Holly Springs.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Free Branch MB Church in Holly Springs. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation was Friday at J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home and today from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia Evans
OXFORD – Georgia Sue Nicholson Evans, 50, a patient care assistant at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford died Friday, April 29, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi.
Evans was born in Nashville, Tenn., and was a member of First Faith Baptist Church. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed working with her plants and gardening.
She is survived by her husband, Bo Evans of Batesville; two sons, Michael Lynn Evans of Oxford and Nathaniel Lee Evans of Sardis; her mother, Ann Vinson of Batesville; her father, Harold Dean Nicholson Sr. of Centerville, Tenn.; three brothers, Thomas Nicholson of Batesville, Tony Vinson of Olive Branch, and Terry Vinson of Shelbyville, Tenn.; and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Dean Nicholson Jr., and by her stepfather, Curly T. Vinson.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Floyd officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville. Visitation will be prior to the service from noon until 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
For additional information or to send an online condolence visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.

Norma Kizer
MYRTLE – Norma Kizer, 71, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.Rev. Artwell Craft Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – The Rev. Artwell Craft Sr., 66, of Holly Springs died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Duck Pond Road in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Moriah MB Church in Holly Springs. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home and from 2:30 to 3:25 p.m. at the church. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby South
IUKA – Ruby South, 77, of Iuka died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cutshall Funeral Home.

Courtney Easter
SMITHVILLE – Courtney Danielle Easter, 21, died on Thursday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the tornado in Smithville. She was born on Aug. 27, 1989, in Effington, Ill., to Jimmy Davis and Katie Donetta Easter.
Courtney attended Smithville High School. Very caring, giving and full of energy for life, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Courtney was employed by Southern Foam in Amory. Courtney had many friends who she loved doing things with every day. Courtney was a Christian and enjoyed all music, especially country.
She is survived by her father, Jimmy Davis of Smithville; her mother, Katie Donnetta Easter (Danny Holliday) of Amory; sisters, Kimberly Long (David) and Kristina Easter (Jesse Jones) both of Amory; brother, Damian Easter (Leia Mixon) of Amory; grandparents, Linda Spears of Springfield, Mo., Jewell Holley Tibbetts of Amory, Frances Cox of Smithville and Charles Easter of Sulligent; nieces and nephews, Bryce Long, Alex Bradley, Cade Long, Dalton Bradley, Ty Long, Jesse Jones, Jayne Jones and Dixie Jones; and special friend, Chris Crenshaw. She was preceded in death by her stepgrandmother, Jeanette Vann, and her uncle, Kenneth Patterson.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Mickey Beam officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Adam Walters, Mark Spradling, Eddie Brewer, Jesse Easter, Bobby Easter Jr., Terry Long, Mitch McCoy and Drew McCoy.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory.

Vivian Bailey
NEW ALBANY – Vivian Elois Thornton Bailey, 89, of New Albany died Friday, April 29, 2011, at her residence.
She was born in Union County on Jan. 26, 1922, to the late William Washington Thornton and Retha Jane Branyan Thornton. She had worked at the Union County General Hospital in the housekeeping department. She enjoyed crocheting and loved flowers. She was a member of the Wallerville Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Bailey (Marilyn) of New Albany and Larry Bailey (Deborah) of Crestview, Fla.; one sister, Mable Rakestraw of New Albany; one special niece, Rita Allred of New Albany; five grandchildren, Jeff Bailey of Hernando, Michael Bailey of Pontotoc, Brad Prewett and Steve Prewett, both of New Albany, and A.J. Ziss of Crestview, Fla.; nine great-grandchildren; and special friends and caregivers Mary Lynn Rakestraw and Samantha Cannon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wallace Bailey; five sisters, Mamie Thornton, Virgie Thornton, Mary Langford, Jewel Witt and Nadine Duncan; and six brothers, Ralph, Bon, John, Ted, Carl and Clyde Thornton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Brother Harvey Sewell and Brother Horace Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Wallerville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Elvin Patterson and Mary Patterson
SMITHVILLE – Elvin Ray Patterson, 80, and Mary Laverne Patterson, 77, both died Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Visitation for the couple will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Services will be announced by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home at a later date.

Kenneth Mullin
OXFORD – Kenneth Mullin, 55, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Funeral services are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home.

Karla Jo Jones
SMITHVILLE – Karla Jo Jones, 37, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Smithville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Jessica Pace
SMITHVILLE – Jessica Leigh Pace, 18, died on Thursday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the tornado in Smithville. She was born on Aug. 6, 1992, in Amory, to Michael Leigh Harris and Trina Kay Pace Bishop.
Jessica attended Itawamba Agriculture High School in Fulton. Very loyal outgoing, openminded, speaking her mind, Jessica enjoyed life to its fullest. She was a homemaker who loved children and animals, especially her dog “Squirt Boys.” Country music was her favorite and her song was “Strawberry Wine.” Jessica enjoyed riding motorcycles, four-wheelers, going to the river, hunting and fishing.
She is survived by her father, Michael Lee Harris of Vardaman; her mother, Trina Pace Bishop of Fulton; sisters, Dixie Lee Harris and Makala Harris both of Vardaman; brothers, Jamie Pace and Joshua Pace both of Fulton; fiancé, Marc Palmer of Smithville; grandparents, Donna and Andy Pace of Fulton, Shirley Harris of Vardaman; aunts and uncles, Steve “Sunny” Pace of Becker, Tony Pace (Sondra) of Pontotoc and Chrissy Halterman of Odon, Ill.; cousins, Nick and Donovan Turner, Jaylee Pace, Nathan and Austin Halterman, and Austin and Ashley Harris.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Loraine Dale.
A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Brother Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3:30 p.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be John More-land, Max Rafter, Steve Pace, Jake Russell, David Greenhill, Matt and Jason Palmer.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com. Arrangements for the Pace family are in the care of E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.

Trent Mallette
TUPELO – Trent Allen Mallette, 15 days, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at the Women’s Center at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 14, 2011. His brief life was a ray of sunshine for his parents, family and friends.
Graveside services are 5 p.m. today at Priceville Cemetery with Brother Edwin Pannell officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Joshua Andrew Mallette and Megan Reed; his brother, Jeremiah; and his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Carson Andrew Mallette, on April 17, 2011.
Visitation will follow the service at the gravesite.

Mary Lee Pettigrew
TUPELO – Mary Lee Willis Pettigrew, 64, died suddenly Friday, April 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 19, 1946, in Tupelo to William Jack and Gladys Viola Hale Willis. She was a lifelong resident of Lee County, a graduate of Mooreville High School and attended Itawamba Community College. A member of Lakeview Baptist Church, she loved her church and went as much as her health would allow. Mary worked for 18 years as Personnel Supervisor for J.C. Penney before becoming a homemaker. She is described as a fabulous cook and enjoyed family get togethers. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
Services are 3 p.m. Sunday at Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel with Bro. Rob Garland officiating. Private burial will follow in Crossroads Cemetery in the Eggville Community. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today and 1 p.m. until service time Sunday.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Paul Pettigrew of Tupelo; one daughter, Mandy Palmer of Guntown; two grandchildren, William and Lillie of Guntown; her mother-in-law, Rachel Pettigrew of Tupelo; one sister-in-law, Teresa Easterling of Saltillo; two nephews, Robert and Chris Easterling both of Saltillo; great niece and nephews, Ashleigh, Clayton and Andrew Easterling; an aunt and uncle, June and Billy Hale of Auburn; and her best friend Angie Sheffield of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236 or American Diabetes Association, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive Suite 2470, Jackson, MS 39213.
A very special thank you to the doctors, especially Dr. Derreck Menefee, and the nurses of the ICU at NMMC.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Ruth Allen
IUKA – Ruth A. “Ruthie” Allen, 57, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was a native of Tishomingo County and a member of Carters Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by one son, Jerry Allen (Katie) of Tishomingo; her mother, Velma Allen of Iuka; four brothers, Perry Alexander of Flint, Mich., Marvin Allen (Terry) of Vaden, Phillip Allen and Gerry Allen (Ramona), both of Tishomingo; two sisters, Patricia Southward of Tishomingo and Felecia Rogers (Jason) of Belmont; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Mozell Allen; and a brother-in-law, Dwight Southward.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Brother Anthony Welch officiating. Burial will be in Carters Branch Cemetery in Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Southward, Darrell Southward, Robert Williams, Donald Martin, Leonard Brock and Michael Luster.

Donnie Lynch
BELMONT – Donnie Wayne Lynch, 48, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was a native of Red Bay, Ala., a mechanic at McKinney RV and attended Calvary Baptist Church. He loved to fish, hunt and spend time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Debra Lynch of Belmont; one daughter, Amber Lynch of Belmont; two brothers, Jimmy Lynch and William Lynch, both of Dennis; one sister, Carol Kent of Golden; five grandchildren, Madison Rogers, Trevor Rogers, Morgan Keeton, Braysen Rushing and Mayleigh Rushing; two stepchildren, Rachael Smith and Michael Rushing; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James W. and Martha Burkhalter Lynch.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Brother Randy Buse officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Sunday.
Pallbearers will be Terry Aldridge, Randy Ruple, Chris Lynch, Tim Wood, Donald Reno and Ray Lynch. Honorary pallbearers will be David Lynch, Zack Wanner and Greg

Nunley.Robert Steele
ENDVILLE – Robert Harold Steele, 69, of Endville died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was employed at Walmart in New Albany and was lovingly known as Papaw. He enjoyed watching Little League baseball and the History Channel on television.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Steele; two sons, Michael Steele and David Steele; two daughters, Jennifer Swords (James W.) and Emily Pittman (Mark); two grandsons, Derek Steele and Jonathan Swords; two granddaughters, Destiney Pittman, Abbiegail Pittman; one brother, Brooks Steele (Sandra); and one sister, Gail Steele.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thammon and Mildred Steele; one sister, Hazel Steele; and one brother, Jimmy Steele.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Endville Cemetery. The Rev. Clyde Pound will officiate. Visitation will be graveside from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Endville Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Wood, Carl Suddeth, Jeff Simmons, John Wilgus, Donny Wilgus and Terry Steele.

Allen Scott Morris
SMITHVILLE – Allen Scott Morris, 41 died Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Services will be announced by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home at a later date.

Pearlie Robertson
BOONEVILLE – Pearlie Robertson, 88, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Booneville.

Lucille Parker
SMITHVILLE – Lucille E. Parker, 86, died April 27, 2011. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home. Services will be announced at a later date.

J.T. Washington
PONTOTOC – J.T. Washington, 88, of Pontotoc died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. He was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Pontotoc to George Edward Washington and Emma Segars Washington. He served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police during WWII, stationed in Italy. He worked as a supervisor for Kimberly-Clark in Memphis until retiring, enjoyed farming and was a member of West Heights Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home with Brother Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will follow in Baldwin Memorial Gardens of Pontotoc.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene Herndon Washington of Pontotoc, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Q.P. Washington and O.C. Washington; five sisters, U.V. “Leedy” Dodson, Lola D. Reeves, O.V. “Polly” Tutor, U.D. Holloway and Quezene Green.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.Courtney Easter
SMITHVILLE – Courtney Danielle Easter, 21, died on Thursday, April 27, 2011, as a result of the tornado in Smithville. Born on Aug. 27, 1989, in Effington, Ill., she was a daughter of Jimmy Davis and Katie Donetta Easter. Dianne attended Smithville High School. Very caring, giving and full of energy for life, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Courtney was employed by Southern Foam in Amory. Courtney had many friends who she loved doing things with every day. Courtney was a Christian and enjoyed all music, especially country.
She is survived by her father, Jimmy Davis of Smithville; her mother, Katie Donnetta Easter (Danny Holliday) of Amory; sisters, Kimberly Long (David) and Kristina Easter (Jesse Jones) both of Amory; brother, Damian Easter (Leia Mixon) of Amory; grandparents, Linda Spears of Springfield, Mo., Jewell Holley Tibbetts of Amory, Frances Cox of Smithville and Charles Easter of Sulligent; nieces and nephews, Bryce Long, Alex Bradley, Cade Long, Dalton Bradley, Ty Long, Jesse Jones, Jayne Jones, and Dixie Jones; special friend, Chris Crenshaw. She was preceded in death by her stepgrandmother, Jeanette Vann and her uncle, Kenneth Patterson.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Mickey Beam officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Adam Walters, Mark Spradling, Eddie Brewer, Jesse Easter, Bobby Easter Jr., Terry Long, Mitch McCoy and Drew McCoy.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com. Arrangements for the Easter family are in the care of E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory.

Jessica Pace
SMITHVILLE – Jessica Leigh Pace, 18, died on Thursday, April 27, 2011, as a result from the tornado in Smithville. Born on Aug. 6, 1992, in Amory, she was a daughter of Michael Leigh Harris and Trina Kay Pace Bishop.
Dianne attended Itawamba Agriculture High School in Fulton. Very loyal outgoing, openminded, speaking her mind, Jessica enjoyed life to its fullest. She was a homemaker who loved children and animals, especially her dog “Squirt Boys”. Country music was her favorite and her song was “Strawberry Wine.” Jessica enjoyed riding motorcycles, four-wheelers, going to the river and hunting and fishing.
She is survived by her father, Michael Lee Harris of Vardaman; her mother, Trina Pace Bishop of Fulton; sisters, Dixie Lee Harris and Makala Harris both of Vardaman; brothers, Jamie Pace and Joshua Pace both of Fulton; fiance’, Marc Palmer of Smithville; grandparents, Donna & Andy Pace of Fulton, Shirley Harris of Vardaman; aunts and uncles, Steve ‘Sunny’ Pace of Becker, Tony Pace (Sondra) of Pontotoc and Chrissy Halterman of Odon, Ill.; cousins, Nick and Donovan Turner, Jaylee Pace, Nathan and Austin Halterman, and Austin and Ashley Harris. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Loraine Dale.
A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Brother Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3:30 p.m. until time for the service to begin.
Pallbearers will be John Moreland, Max Rafter, Steve Pace, Jake Russell, David Greenhill, Matt and Jason Palmer.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com. Arrangements for the Pace family are in the care of E. E. Pickle Funeral Home.

Byron Tate
BELDEN – Byron G. Tate, of Belden, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, in North Mississippi Medical Center after a long fight against heart disease. Born in Center on July 22, 1921, to Bethel and Vera Tate, Byron was one of the elite group of soldiers called the “Greatest Generation” who fought for our country’s freedom as a Corporal in the U. S. Army, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division receiving three Battle Stars and a Bronze Star for bravery. His unit was on the first line in the Battle of the Bulge, the hardest fought battle of the war where he received a Purple Heart. Historians have called the Battle of the Bulge the greatest single victory in U. S. Army history. After this battle, his company went on to capture the Bridge at Remagen at the Rhine River which has been the subject of many books and documentary films for movie and television. An act of Congress allows these men to wear caps with the 9th Armored Infantry patch and the word Remagen at the bottom. When questioned, Mr. Tate always stated that fighting at the Bridge at Remagen and the Battle of the Bulge makes you appreciate freedom and the little things in life. He said that “none of us were heroes – we were all scared to death – we just wanted to do our job to protect ourselves and our buddies, and get back home.” One of those “little things” in life was Byron’s love of fishing. He was avid fisherman who especially enjoyed mentoring the young men in his family and teaching them the art of catching crappie and bream at Sardis Lake. Another love of his life was his church life, becoming an ordained deacon in the 1960s serving several terms as chairman of the deacons at both Kensington Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., and Sherman Baptist Church, Sherman. During the last years of his life, he and his wife were members of Belden Baptist Church.
Following the war and his return to the New Albany area, Byron married Agnes Parks of Sherman. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in September. At the beginning of their marriage in December 1950, they moved to Memphis where he was began work at the Memphis Defense Depot. After 33 years of service he retired and they returned to their roots to begin their last phase of married life.
A loving and devoted family man, his survivors include one daughter, Patrice Tate of Sherman; granddaughter Amy Tate Barnett (J.R.) of Sherman; grandson Jonathan Byron Tate (Bethany) of Houston, Miss., granddaughters Lauren, Gracie and Greta Tate; and grandson Gavin Tate. His life also included a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he loved and cherished. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lelia Tate Edwards and her husband Roy; one brother William Earl Tate; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Parks. In addition, he was preceded in death by his son, Terry Craig Tate, who he cherished, and a great-grandson Preston Byron Tate who was his namesake.
Pallbearers will be Rick Parks, Jeff Parks, Andy Chapman, Danny Tate, Jimmy Tate and Mark May. Honorary pallbearers will be Tobie Edwards, Stevie Chapman, and Belden Baptist Church Men’s II Sunday School Class.s