Rex Tate, son of the late Burton Michael Tate and Gertie O'Neal Tate, was born July 9, 1928 in Lunenburg, Ark. He died Nov. 8, 2008, at the age of 80.
He was united in marriage to Jeane Kerr on July 9, 1949, and to this union two daughters were born. Rex served in the United States Marine Corp. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart for injuries received during the Korean War. During his working years, he owned and operated the skating rink and the dry cleaning shop, drove a dump truck for V.T Rush and at one time he was the Melbourne City Marshall. He retired from the Arkansas Highway Department. He was a member of the Melbourne First Baptist Church.
He is survived by: his wife of 59 years, Jeane Tate of Melbourne; two daughters and one son-in-law, Becky Jo and John Heflin of Maumelle and Tammy Rex Tate Lawrence Tedford of Little Rock; one brother, Vance Tate of Melbourne; two sisters, Madge Stephens of Melbourne and Diane Kent of Springfield, Mo.; three grandchildren, Courtney Galster and husband Caleb of Little Rock, Alex Kent of Little Rock and Emryl Lawrence of Conway; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; one sister, Faye Smith; and one son-in-law, David Tedford.
Funeral services were Nov. 11 at the Melbourne First Baptist Church with Ricky Burke officiating. Burial followed at Lunenburg Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Kenya Wyatt, Carol Wood Caraway, Janet Lamb, Tammy Sanders, Sara Beth Dellinger, Judy Walker Qualls.
Honorary pallbearers were Gray Dellinger, Matthew Dellinger, Fred Lamb, Hayden Wyatt, Sanders Lee Wyatt, Burton Lamb, Alex Dellinger, Mark Herrington, James H. Gaston, Skeeter Beene and Stoney Nethercot.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Melbourne, Ark.