James Tate

Thursday, October 12, 2006

ORAN, Mo. -- James Joseph Tate, 89, of Oran died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Oct. 3, 1917, at the home on Bement Hill, Bement, Mo., son of Joseph and Lydia Ward Tate. He and Josephine Harmon, daughter of Fred and Albertia Harmon, were married July 30, 1938, in Sikeston, Mo.

Mr. Tate attended Bement School. He was a farmer most of his adult life. He also owned and retired from Joe's Carpet Service. He was a member of Oran First Baptist Church 50-plus years and served as a deacon.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in France and Germany.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis Darlene and Alfred M. Pearson, Regina Gail and Roy W. Griffin of Oran; three grandchildren and husbands, Joie Gayle and Michael W. Green of Oran, Jennifer Lyne and Jesse C. Rush of Dyersburg, Tenn., Adrienne Elaine Francis of Bloomfield, Mo.; two great-grandchildren, Ashleigh and Joseph Green of Oran; four stepgrandchildren, Kellee Griffin Holmes of Oran, Tara Griffin of Round Rock, Texas, Jeremy and Elizabeth Griffin of Oran; and a sister, Stella Duke of Sikeston.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

Viewing for Mr. Tate is at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Oran, with the Rev. Ed Carter officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery near Morley, Mo.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Rush, Michael Green, Alfred Pearson, Roy W. Griffin and Kenneth Pope.