Donald Ray Tate went into the arms of the Lord on April 24, 2019 . He was the second son of Rocial Vivion (R. V.) Tate and Margaret Burt Tate. Don was born August 27, 1934 in San Angelo, Texas. Don grew up in San Angelo and attended San Angelo Schools with his elder brother W. D. Tate and younger sister Wanda Lou Tate. Growing up Don and his brother did yard work or other odd jobs for the neighbors for spending money. As a teenager Don followed his older brother into movie theater work. He started out selling popcorn at the Roxy Theater. Later on Don ran the movie projector and often did this as a second job at the drive-ins. His father R. V. Tate was a long time cement contractor and R. V. often called on his sons to help with the cement work. Don was employed at Lone Star Gas for many years until he started his own business. Don studied for and obtained his Master Plumber License and owned Don Tate Plumbing until his retirement.
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Don married the love of his life Nelda Sue Bullock November 28, 1953 in San Angelo, Texas. To this marriage three daughters were born Donnell, Terrie, and Kathy. Don was Baptized at Immanuel Baptist Church as a young man. Don and Sue and daughters were members there, where they had many friends and those that remembered them. Sue passed away May 16, 1985, at the age of forty-eight.
Don and Johnnie Lea were married at Harris Avenue Baptist Church on September 5, 1992, where they were both members. Don and Johnnie Lea formed a bond based on love of family, and home, and animals. Their home has also been home to many dogs and cats. Don has always felt that he knew what the dog or cat wanted to eat better than anyone. He delighted in sharing his snacks with which ever pet was nearby.
Don started to perfect his cooking skills at a very young age and told the story of pushing a chair up to the cook stove to mix up chocolate fudge or some other sweet when their Mother was out of the house. As an adult Don prepared smoked turkey and ham outside and in retirement he claimed the kitchen as his domain. Don always enjoyed sharing a home cooked meal with his family and friends.
Don is survived by his wife Johnnie Lea of the home and his three daughters. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Krystal Mitchell of Dallas, Cory Jordan of Leesville, Louisiana, David Jordan of Seagoville, Hayley Mobley of Medina, and Jacob Myers of Huntsville. He is also survived by nine great - grandchildren.
Don is also survived by two step - daughters, Valerie Tillery and Tanya Lewis; and his brother W. D. Tate and many nephews and nieces, cousins, and friends.
Grave side services are Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Lawnhaven Memorial Garden. Visitation is Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and family visitation is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Shaffer Funeral Home in Grape Creek.