E. J. Tate, 98 of Mount Pleasant, passed away on May 14, 2020 in Tyler, Texas, with his son by his side. He was born on August 30, 1921 in Stella, Arkansas to William Tate and Ella Mae Davidson Tate.
He was a WWII combat veteran in the 103rd Infantry Division of the United States Army, during which time he received a Purple Heart while serving on the European Front. E. J. retired as a USDA Food Inspector, having served over 30 years in the Civil Service Industry. He was an Assembly of God minister and was a decade’s long member of Dellwood Park Assembly of God in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
E. J. is survived by his son, Randy Tate; granddaughter and spouse, Cindy and Mike Phillips; four great-grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Dorcas Tate; son, Joseph Tate; and sister and brother-in-law, Willie and Leonard Hamley.
An open visitation was held on Monday, May 18, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
A funeral service was held for E. J. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the funeral home. A graveside service followed Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Free Hill Cemetery in Point Cedar, Arkansas.
Online registry is available at batescoopersloanfuneralhome.com