- Last Updated on 03:57 PM 08/07/12
Lee Roy Tate, age 89, of Randolph passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Roy was born at home in Martintown, Union Co., Mississippi to Lee Roy and Willie Gertrude Martin Tate. He graduated Myrtle High School in 1941 a class of nine. He was enlisted as a Private into the Army on Dec. 28, 1942 at Camp Shelby, MS and served 18 months as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Lee, later deployed to Guam, Saipan and New Caledonia being honorably discharged in 1945 having attained the rank of First Sergeant. While serving at Ft. Lee, he married Blanche Marie Thomas of Richmond on Oct. 16, 1943, a marriage lasting 68 years.
After discharge and returning to his wife and 11-month-old son the family lived in Richmond, moving later to Chesterfield Co. While later residing in Powhatan Co., he retired from Unijax Paper Company, Richmond, in 1984 after 30 years to spend his remaining years involved in building projects, landscaping, mowing grass, visiting with and enjoying family, friends and neighbors at their homes in Powhatan and lastly at Randolph.
“I am grateful to my parents, sweet wife, family and all the many people who have treated me kindly. I have been fortunate all my life.”
Roy was predeceased by his wife, parents, his sisters, Hattie Lula Heaton, Jewel Lee Kitchens, Annie Mae Luckett, and Kittie Mae Childers. He is survived by his son, Roy Thomas Tate and wife Marilyn of Fuquay Varina, N.C.; grandchildren, Josh, Andrew, Sara and Nicolas; great-grandchildren, Naomi Grace, Everett and Winston and son, Robert Wayne Tate and wife Jeannie of Ashland; grandchildren, Holly Collins, Matthew and Anna; great-grandchild, Lynlee Collins; and sister, Peggy Ann Bush of Memphis, Tenn.
Visitation and memorial will be held at Drakes Branch Baptist Church, 4525 Main St., Drakes Branch, VA (434-568-2051) on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, visitation beginning at 2 p.m. followed by memorial service at 3 p.m. Arrangements by Brooks Funeral Home, 115 Main St., South Boston (434-572-2995).
A graveside service will be held at the Old Glenfield Cemetery in New Albany, Miss. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. Arrangements by United Funeral Service, 700 State Hwy 15 South, New Albany, MS. (662-534-5071)