Billy Ray "Bill" Tate
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UNION, SC-- Mr. Billy Ray "Bill" Tate, age 86, husband of Melba Runyans Tate, of 108 Chelsea Court, Union, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 at his home.
Mr. Tate was born in Shelby, NC, on January 25, 1927, a son of the late Boyd Tate and Cora Tarleton Tate. He was a graduate of Shelby High School and a retired furniture retailer. Mr. Tate was a member of the First Baptist Church for fifty-five years where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Deacon and a member of the Brotherhood. Mr. Tate was also a member of the Union Jaycee's where he served as former President. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in World War II.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Janice "Jan" Thompson and husband Ralph of Union; a son, William Bradford "Brad" Tate of Union; a sister, Jewel Bencomo of Sunrise, FL; two grandchildren: Joshua Tate Thompson and wife Beth and their son, Caleb of Spartanburg and Elizabeth L. "Betsy" Thompson of Union and two nieces and a nephew. Mr. Tate was predeceased by a brother, Bobby Dean Tate.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the First Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Rick Pendleton. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.
Active pallbearers will be Carl Colson, Doug Lawing, John Brown, Thad Strom, Johnny O'Dell and Paul Davis. The following are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers: W.C. Bennett, Bobby Brown, Jimmy Sherbert and Larry Wilson.
Visitation will be held in the church one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 405 East Main Street,
Union, SC 29379 or to Hospice Care of South Carolina, Union Unit, 408 North Duncan ByPass, Suite 6, Union, SC 29379.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Jan and Ralph Thompson, 107 Eastwood Avenue, Union.
Funeral Home (www.holcombefuneral homes.com)
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2013