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A funeral service for Dennis "PawPaw" Tate, age 58, of Jacksonville, is scheduled at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, August 24, 2016 at Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Bro. Roy Prather will officiate. He will be laid to rest at Still Waters Memorial Gardens with full honors by The Jacksonville Fire Department. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mr. Tate passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Jacksonville.
Dennis was born July 15, 1958 in Jacksonville to the last E.L and Jannelle Tate.
Dennis started work with the Jacksonville Fire Department in June of 1988. He served as the Fire Marshall and Assistant Fire Chief. His certifications include being a Fire Inspector and Investigator, Advanced Fire Fighter, EMT-I, Fire Instructor and he recently earned his Peace Officer badge. His duties with the department included supervising and training personnel, fire prevention, fire code enforcement and fire inspections. He was compassionate about being PawPaw to all of his grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Dennis was also known for his carpentry skills, having built his home from the ground up.
He was preceded in death by his father E. L. Tate and mother Jannelle Clever, a brother, Scotty Clever; and sister, RueLynn Gilleland.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Vera Tate of Jacksonville; daughters, Tammie Noland of Palestine, Cindy Rainer and husband Chris of Tyler, Tina Baumler and husband Chad of NC, and Lisa Ward and husband Josh of Bullard; step-dad, Shelley Cleaver of Jacksonville; brothers, Jimmy Clever and wife Ginger, Larry Tate and wife Sharon, Ronny Tate and wife Donna, Ricky Tate and wife Marla, Michael Cleaver and wife Melissa; 12 grandchildren, Amanda Taylor, Tiffany Landin and husband Ruben, Chelsea Lange and husband Tyler, Briana Hanna and husband Dylan, Jessica Hines, Emilee Hines, Maicee Renfrow, Kenzie Ward, Gary Ward, Will Renfrow, Brett Baumler, and Bryce Baumler, 4 great grandchildren, Nicholas, Alex, Aubrey, and Christina; several nieces and nephews, his Cocker Spaniel, Molly and his brothers and sisters of the Jacksonville Fire Department.
Honored to serve as pallbearers, will be members of the Jacksonville Fire Department.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 and friends are cordially invited to visit with the Tate family from 6 to 8 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Published on August 22, 2016
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