Mr. Tate was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Dexter, a veteran of the United States Air Force, a former Alderman for Dexter Ward 3 and a resident of Dexter.
He started a career in the insurance business in October 1958 as an underwriter in the Home Office of MFA Insurance, now Shield Of Shelter. He became a supervisor, traveling to various local insurance offices, assisting agents with any problems they might have encountered. He became a regional manager for Silvey Insurance in July of 1968. In 1969, he joined the Ben Cowan Insurance Agency in Dexter. He became the owner of the Cowan Agency after Mr. Cowan's retirement and merged his agency with Countywide Insurance in Dexter. He retired in 1999. Mr. Tate loved his children and grandchildren.
He was united in marriage to Shirley McNew on March 30, 1958 at Hernando, Miss. Mrs. Tate survives of the home in Dexter.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws, Kevin and Genie Tate of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Keith and Lucy Tate of Overland Park, Kansas; by one daughter, Kathy Tate of Columbia; by one brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Linda Tate of House Springs; by five grandchildren, Matt Tate, Mark Tate, Zach Tate, John Paul Tate and Logan Paul Tate, also by many friends, nephews and nieces.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Emily Tate; and by two sisters, Barbara Deppe and Doris Darlington.
Visitation will take place at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2011 in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Dr. Tom Bass officiating. Interment will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association or to Preferred Hospice of Dexter.