Joseph L. Tate, 70, of Cherokee Village died July 5 at Regional Medical Center of Northeast Arkansas.
Born in Jonesboro, he had lived in Cherokee Village for the past seven years.
He was retired form the U.S. Air Force as a tech sergeant communications specialist. While serving in the Air Force he received a National Defense Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star, an Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four Bronze Oak Leaf clusters, an Air Force Good Conduct Medal and an Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a veteran of the Korean War a member of the American Legion and was of the Assembly of God faith.
Survivors include his wife, Geri Tate; a son, Brendan "Ben" Tate of Mazomanie, Wis.; four daughters -- Lisa Turnbo of Buffalo Valley, Tenn., Barbara Tate of Huntington Beach, Calif., Rona Moore of Ash Flat, and Laura Brown of Jackson, Mo.; two sisters -- Fern Tate of Vaiden, Miss., and Lindell Waters of Tupelo, Miss.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Zach Tate; his mother, Mable Tate Sefers; a brother, James E. Tate; and a sister, Pauline T. Collins.
The funeral was July 8 at Emerson Memorial chapel with Vernie Harris officiating. A graveside service with full military honors followed at Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Mo.
Arrangements were under the direction of Emerson Funeral home of Jonesboro.