ORAN - James Joseph Tate, 89, died at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.
Born Oct. 3, 1917, at the home on Bement Hill in Bement, son of the late Joseph and Lydia Ward Tate, he was a farmer for most of his adult life. He also owned Joe's Carpet Service, from which he retired. For more than 50 years he was a member of the Oran First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in France and Germany.
On July 30, 1938, in Sikeston, he married Josephine Harmon, daughter of Fred and Albertia Harmon, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis Darlene and Alfred M. Pearson and Regina Gail and Roy W. Griffin of Oran; one sister, Stella Duke of Sikeston; three grandchildren and husbands, Joie Gayle and Michael W. Green of Oran, Jennifer Lyne and Jesse C. Rush of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Adrienne Elaine Francis of Bloomfield; two great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Green and Joseph Green of Oran; and four stepgrandchildren, Kellee Griffin Holmes and Jeremy and Elizabeth Griffin of Oran and Tara Griffin of Roundrock, Texas.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Oran. The Rev. Ed Carter will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Forest Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery near Morley.
Pallbearers will be: Jesse Rush, Michael Green, Alfred Pearson, Roy W. Griffin and Kenneth Pope.