Richard Eugene Tate
June 23, 1930 – November 3, 2018
Richard Eugene Tate, 88, died Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living Home. He was born June 23, 1930, in New Albany to Carl Lee and Laura Griffith Tate. He was a devoted Christian and faithful member of Calvary United Methodist Church in New Albany where he was active in the Men’s club. He graduated from Center High School and afterward proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was a partner in Tate Bros. Furniture in New Albany. He later worked in construction where he developed subdivisions. He also developed Tate Lake which was a dream of his. In 1985 he started a job as Supervisor with the MS State Department of Transportation where he served for 15 years. He was a devoted member of Civitans and a diligent worker as well as board member of the Union County Historical Society. He was also an active member of American Legion Post 72 in New Albany for many years.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, at Calvary United Methodist Church with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin and Bro. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by 1 son: Arthur Lee Tate (Virginia) and 1 grandson: Ben Tate (fiancé Whitney Lance).
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Ruby Garrison Tate; and 3 brothers: Robert Tate, Tom Tate, and Bill Tate.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Tate, Curtis Tate, John Tate, Joe Tate, Terry Hill, and Tim Rowland. Honorary pallbearers will be American Legion Post 72.
Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, November 5, at United. The body will lie-in-state at the church from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Calvary United Methodist Church in New Albany.
In honor of Mr. Tate’s service to his country the U. S. Marine Corps flag will be flown during his visitation and service.