Tate, John Louis was born August 6, 1924 in Glen Allan, Mississippi, the fourth of eight children born to James and Elizabeth Tate. His parents and seven siblings, Willie, Mac, James, Jr., Clifton, Bessie, and Eliza preceded him in death. John relocated to St. Louis, Missouri with his family in 1936, where he graduated from Washington Technical High School. At age 18, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was inducted at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, and served with distinction during World War II. He was awarded two bronze stars for his service during campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant by the age of 21. Upon discharge from the Army, John returned to his beloved St. Louis. Shortly after his return home, John met and married the eternal love of his life, his beloved Ruth (Tomlin). September 21st would have marked their 67th anniversary. He worked for 40 years, until his retirement, for Hollman Commission Company, following in the footsteps of two of his older brothers. While there, he advanced from his start as a truck driver to become general manager before retiring. John departed this life to be with his maker on September 10, 2013. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife Ruth, son Dennis (Ursula), daughter Pamela, granddaughters, Kristen (Morten) and Karyn. All who knew John realize that there was never anything more important to him than his family, and that he was a powerful, yet humble, hero to all of them. In addition, he leaves a host of loving relatives and friends. His legacy endures. Services: Funeral services are Friday, 20 September, 2013, with visitation at 10 a.m., funeral services at 11 a.m. at Granberry Funeral Home, 8806 Jennings Station Road, St. Louis, MO. 63136, to be followed by interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with military honors.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sept. 18, 2013