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Phillip (Dale) Tate of Galatia

  • Dale Tate of Galatia

    Dale Tate of Galatia

 
Posted on 11/17/2020, 1:27 PM

Phillip (Dale) Tate, age 81, of Galatia passed away due to COVID-19 complications on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Dale was born May 25, 1939 in West End to the late Egbert and Delta (Spain) Tate. He married Brenda (Pulliam) on Feb. 21, 1960. Dale was the owner of Tate's Blue Flame Gas Inc. in Galatia. He was also a farmer.

Dale is survived by his wife of 60 years, Brenda. Brenda described him as "the best man to ever live on Earth." Dale was very well known in his community for his generosity and kind, loving spirit. Dale overcame many physical challenges (including a leg amputation) with flying colors. He thoroughly enjoyed life and fought a courageous battle.

Also surviving are five children (the ones he loves more than we'd ever know), Cindy (Brian) McNew of Waterloo, Angie (Mark) Finnie of Marion, Gina (Philip Fulkerson) of Galatia, Kathy (Mike) Rice of Galatia, and Danny (Heather) Tate of Galatia; 10 greatly adored grandchildren, Nicholas (Amy) McNew, Tiffanie (Derek) Beard, Dylan McNew, Tyler (Elaina) Finnie, Whitney (Sean) Sloan, Kody Tennison, Weston (Lorrae) Fulkerson, Courtney Tennison, Sydney Tate, and Keeley Tate. He also is survived by 12 great-grandchildren, Shane and Nichole McNew, Bo and Beckett Beard, Reece Griffin, Taylor Lamb, Chandler Finnie, Saylor and Seger Sloan, Paxton Fulkerson, Nellie Tennison, and Ellary Garrison. In addition, he is survived by brother-in-law Dick Boyett; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, J.W. and Barbara Pulliam; and four nephews, Alan Pulliam, Joe Boyett, Jeff Boyett and Kenny Boyett. Dale leaves behind a host of cousins, who adored him, and will forever remember him for his humor. One cousin said he's the cousin that you smile about before his name comes out of your mouth.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Egbert and Delta Tate; sister, Jean Boyett; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Myrtle Tate; and maternal grandparents, Tommy and Alzra Spain, as well as nephew Rian Pulliam. A special thanks goes out to Dawn Conner for her assistance and friendship. Dale thought the world of you!

It was Dale's wish to be cremated. Dale was a proud member of Galatia Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Tate's Chapel Cemetery in Galatia. A private burial will be held at a different time. The Rev. Todd Lockwood and Rev. Mark Finnie will officiate. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. You are welcome to bring a lawn chair.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tate's Chapel Cemetery Fund, 312 South McKinley, Galatia IL, 62935.