James Arthur Tate, 87, of Curve Road, Pearisburg, departed this life Saturday afternoon, November 29, 2008 at Giles Memorial Hospital in Pearisburg. Born in Nemours, West Virginia on September 22, 1921 he was a son of the late Arthur and Alma Slaughter Tate. “Jim” was a skilled mechanic serving in several local auto repair services including Virginia Garage Ford Dealership in Pearisburg where he served as shop foreman and 460 Repair Service that he operated in Pembroke. He had served as a Deputy Sheriff in Giles County and was a faithful member of the church family at Bethel Chapel Church in Clendennin. He was preceded in death by a son Bradley Tate, a son-in-law Paul Price, brothers Cecil and Clifton Tate and sisters Bernice Harless and Frankie Rice.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 69 years Cleo Rice Tate; three sons and daughters-in-law David A. and Ellen T. Tate of Pearisburg, Stanley and Diane B. Tate of Rich Creek, Kevin and Robin R. Tate of Salem; three daughters and sons-in-law Helen Price of Richmond, Margie R. and Mickey Cochran of Wirtz, Althea and Dorcy Burton of Mechanicsville; twelve grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 11:00 AM in Bethel Chapel Church in Clendennin with Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke Monday evening from 6 to 8 PM. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.