Nona Cleo Rice Tate, 88, of Curve Road, Pearisburg, departed this life for her heavenly home Sunday evening, October 16, 2011 at Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg. Born at Bluff City on November 4, 1922 she was a daughter of the late Henry Cecil and Nellie Gray Janney Rice and step-daughter of the late Bertha Lawson Rice. A beloved wife, Mom, and Mamaw, she was a faithful Christian and member of Bethel Chapel Church in Clendennin. Cleo was also Mamaw to dozens of other children of several generations in Giles County that she cared for professionally and privately. She was preceded in death by her husband James Arthur Tate, her son Bradley Tate, her brothers Dalford, Frank, Manuel, and Watha Rice, her sisters Alice Stuart, Louise Ratcliffe, Thelma Austin, Wanda Hale, Eula Noble, and Lois Blankenship.
She leaves to cherish her memory her sons and daughters-in-law David and Ellen Tickle Tate of Pearisburg, Stanley and Diane Burton Tate of Rich Creek, and Kevin and Robin Rice Tate of Roanoke; her daughters and sons-in-law Helen Price (and the late Paul Price) of Richmond, Margie and Mickey Cochran of Wirtz, Altheia and Darcy Burton of Mechanicsville; her Twelve grandchildren; her twenty-seven great-grandchildren; her seven great-great-grandchildren; her brother Mason W. Rice of Dublin, her half-brothers Paul Rice of Salem, H. C. Rice of Salem, and Mark Rice of Pembroke; her sisters Ethel Rice Burkholder of Salem, Reba Smith of Florida, Sharon Carbaugh of Blacksburg.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, at 1:00 pm 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 funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 pm. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.