Gordon L. Tate, age 79, passed away June 5, 2018. He was born October 4, 1938 in Cross Plains, TN. He was the son of the late Conley and Wavy Tate. Preceded in death by his brother Mickey.
He is survived by his wife Jean Groves Tate of 42 years, his high school sweetheart who he married on June 8, 1976. Along with Jean he gained his 2 daughters, Deena Read and Debbie Read-Fuimaono. He also gained a son in law Sioeli Fuimaono in 2002. He is also survived by 2 nephews, Brian(Beverly) and Steve(Beverly) Tate of Cross Plains and a grandnephew Brandon. His newest member of the family was his granddog Foxy Read.
He was a graduate of East Robertson High School and a member of the Cross Plains United Methodist Church. He was the owner of Tate Automotive, a family business established in 1926 by his father Conley Tate known as Tate Chevrolet. He closed the dealership in 1988 when his brother Mickey retired and then added lawn and garden parts and service to the auto repair shop.
He was an Air Force Veteran who was stationed in the Philippines in 1961. While there, he was one of 9 selected to be the first in to Vietnam – he entered on a passport as a visitor in April 1962 but was secretly establishing and setting up radar sites prior to the Vietnam War.
Gordon was still working full time up until his passing as he always wanted to be there for his customers.
Funeral service will be 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 12 noon till funeral service at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Burial will be in Cross Plains Cemetery.