Funeral Services Held For Educator Frank Tate, 60

Local educator Frank Tate, age 60, passed away Saturday, September 16 in Cookeville.

Mr. Tate retired at the end of the 2016-17 school year after serving 36 years in the teaching profession.

He began his teaching career in 1980 when he taught a half year at the Burchfield Elementary School in Scott County.  Since that time, he served the remainder of his career in the Fentress County school system, teaching at West Fentress, Pall Mall, Allardt, and Pine Haven Elementary Schools.

He taught in the classroom for many years, but enjoyed most being a physical education teacher since 1994.

He also had a very successful career in coaching both the girls and boys Pine Haven basketball teams.  His teams have won several county championships over the years and also a Boy’s State Champion win during the 2002/03 school year.

He helped many students at Pine Haven to go on and play high school basketball and become his life-long friends.

A 17-year cancer survivor, Frank Tate was a loving husband, father, grand-father, brother, and a friend to many people who share his family’s grief.

He was born July 10, 1957, the son of Frank W. “Dub” Tate and Georgia Pauline (Roysden) Tate, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by wife, Rhonda (Moody) Tate; son Travis Tate and spouse Cynthia, daughters Bethany Wright and husband Jonathan and Amanda Collier and husband Cory; son. Rhyan Tate, daughter Abi Tate, grandchildren Cecilia, Kaline, Ty, Clark and 2 on the way, Tatum and Joslyn.

He is also survived by a sister, Anna Marie Tate-Hayes, and many friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Pine Haven Elementary School gymnasium with Bro. James Moody and Bro. Daryl Rains officiating, with burial in the Fentress Memorial Gardens..

Pallbearers included Cory Collier, Tony Delk, Mike Jones, Bobby Stockton, Johnny Wheaton, Victor Wheaton, Rod Williams, and Jonathan Wright.

Honorary pallbearers included Luther Byrd, Gary Cooper, Camron Martin, Trey Moody, James Parris, Roger Webb, and Craig Wheeler.

The Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown was in charge of the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pine Haven Elementary School for a memorial playground.