KINGS MOUNTAIN - Fred Andrew Tate, 79, died Jan. 21, 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospice House.
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He was born in Kings Mountain to the late Brooks Roosevelt Tate and Leola Bridges Tate.
He is preceded in death by his beloved son, Gregory Eugene Tate of Kings Mountain, and his brother, Eugene Webster Tate of Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Tate graduated from Kings Mountain High School where he earned his varsity letters in football and basketball. Fred joined the United States Air Force in l953 and was deployed to Hickam field in Honolulu, Hawaii then to Eniwetok in the Marshal Islands, and West Palm Beach Florida airbase. He was honorably discharged in l957 as Staff Sargent. After returning to Kings Mountain he earned his Associate degree in Accounting at Howard's Busi-ness College in Shelby NC.
Fred worked with the US Postal Service and retired from there after 33 years. He joined the Kings Mountain School District serving primarily at Beth-ware Elementary and retired after eight years.
He was an active member for 57 years of Bethlehem Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Youth Worker. He also served with the NC Baptist Disaster Relief teams in recovery efforts in Tarboro and Burgaw, NC and Pineville, WV after Hurricane
As one of the 16 original members of the Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department he was instrumental in establishing the "Big B" fire district in Kings Mountain. He served in the positions of Captain and Chief. His volunteer fire service included the position of Board Chairman and President of the Cleveland County Fireman's Association and longtime member of the benevolent committee.
Fred also was an active member of the Bethware Progressive Club for 23 years where he served as President, Fair Chairman, and Treasurer for 17 years. Through the Club's efforts thousands of dollars have been donated to Bethware School, and an annual scholarship of five hundred dollars was established for deserving graduating seniors at Kings Mountain High School.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years Colleen Reynolds Tate, son Michael Andrew Tate and wife Susan Finney Tate, daughter-in-law Kimberly Porter Tate, loving grandchildren: Brooks Robert, Kristen Marie, Catherine Sullender, and Sarah Marie Tate. He is also survived by his brother James Oliver Tate and wife Helen Robbs Tate, Mrs. Margaret Pauly Tate of Portland, Oregon.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Dr. Steve Taylor and Rev. David Blanton officiating.
The body will be placed in the sanctuary of the church for viewing from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Visitation will be immediately following the service in the Christian Activities Center of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Interment will be at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, Kings Mountain Hospice House, 951 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby, NC 28150 or Bethle-hem Baptist Church "Building Fund" 1015 Bethlehem Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
A guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com.
Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Jan. 23, 2013