Robert Clyde Tate Jr.

July 11, 1930-January 7, 2014 Robert Clyde Tate, Jr., age 83 of Bryan, Texas, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bryan at 11 a.m. Wade Coleman will be officiating. Robert Clyde “Bob” Tate, Jr. was born in Uvalde, Texas, on July 11, 1930 to Robert Clyde Tate and Imogene Raine Tate. He grew up in Crystal City, Texas and attended Texas A&M University, graduating in the class of 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Rural Sociology. He was a member of the Singing Cadets and served as the chaplain for the Cadet Corps Battalion. Before entering the air force as a commissioned officer, he was the music director for Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. He met the love of his life, Doris Ruth Hunnicutt and they were married after a two month courtship that lasted 60 years. He served as the officer in charge, Air Police Unit from 1952-53 during the Korean War. Following his commitment to the air force, he graduated from the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1959 and was pastor for two Baptist churches until being commissioned as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. He served as a chaplain until 1978, during which time he served with distinction in Vietnam not only supporting soldiers in service, but as a missionary in villages around Chu Lei. During his Navy career he earned a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon retirement from the Navy, he continued his ministry as pastor of the First Baptist Church in North Highlands, California, as director of missions for the Grand Valley Southern Baptist Association in Colorado and as Senior Adult Ministries Director for the Creath/Brazos Baptist Association until his retirement in Bryan in 1998. Even following a retirement he continued his ministry volunteering as a chaplain with St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center until a week before his death. He is survived by his sons: Jeff Garrison-Tate and wife Ginny from Bryan; David Tate and his wife Sandra from Fairfield, California; and Mike Tate and his wife Angela from Plano, Texas. He is survived by his brothers, Jon Tate and his wife JoAnn and Larry Tate and his wife Becky, and grandchildren, Joey, Jake, Charlotte, Grace, Eleanor, Ray, Joshua, Jennifer, Justin, Austin, Ashleigh and Roxy. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris Ruth Hunnicutt Tate, and daughter Katherine Jean Tate. Family visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, public visitation will be at 10, and the service will begin at 11 a.m. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.
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