Bobbie W. Tate of St. Augustine, Fla., formerly of Rialto, Calif., passed away peacefully at his home on June 11, 2013. He was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Canyon, Texas, to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Tate. He served 20 years in the United States Navy during World War II aboard aircraft carriers in the Pacific and participated in the atom bomb testing at Bikini Atoll. He retired in 1965 as a chief petty officer. He then worked at Kaiser Steel in Fontana, Calif., as a fireman and EMT until retiring in 1981 and remained in Southern California. He moved to St. Augustine with his wife in 2010.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Opal N. Tate; his son, Keith B. Tate; an infant son, Bobbie W. Tate Jr.; a great-grandson, Heller D. Koch. His parents Alene and Roy Tate; a brother, Joe Tate; and a sister, LouAnn Ford, also preceded him in death. He is survived by a brother, J.A. Tate (Charlene) of Haines, Ark.; his daughter, Christee V. Smith of St. Augustine; his grandson, Jeffrey D. Koch (Jaime) of Orlando; his granddaughter, Elizabeth A. Williams (Kevin) of Tabernacle, N.J.; his grandson, Bryan Tate (Kristi) of Sachse, Texas; and three great-grandsons, Gage, Aiden and Ashton, and two great-granddaughters, Lauryn and Cameron.
Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday with funeral services beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Craig Funeral Home. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Jacksonville National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park (www.craigfuneralhome.com) is in charge of the arrangements.