Tate, Rebecca

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Rebecca Tate
Rebecca Tate

Mrs. Rebecca Tate, 79, died on January 8, 2011.

She was a member of Greater Second Baptist Church with former Pastor E. N. Bates and was active before illness.

After being a stay at home mom until her children were in their early teen years, she worked as a faithful employee for Western Union, Tri-County Hospital and McDonald’s Inc.

Mrs. Tate was an organized mother and homemaker and an excellent cook for family and friends. She was always teaching herself to master a variety of activities that interested her.

Her mother died when she was eight years old. Her name was Lovie Smith Dunson of the (mother) – Cowan and (father) Barnett linage; her father was Charles Edward Smith Sr. of Georgia; also preceding her in death her husband and father of their 12 children, James R. Tate; 14-year old daughter, Theresa Lynn Tate; sisters, Sylvine Ware, Eva Hodge, Bobbie Vaught and infant Fairy Lee Smith; brothers, Norman Elder and Curtis Dunson.

Survivors of Mrs. Tate’s are her sons, Dennis Richard (Susie) Tate; “Mr. T” Allan (Shelia) Tate; Lesley Tate, Atlanta, and Zachary Tate; daughters, Gwendolyn Stringer, Carolyn Gabriel, Madison, Tn.; Verna (Charles) Campbell, Raney (Phillip) Branch, Atlanta; Sharon Tate; Regina (Ronnie) Sparks; and Vicki (Henry) Cannon; sisters and brother, Bessie Moore, Barbara Pride and Charles Edward Smith Jr. of Berkley, Ca.; brother-in-law, Johnny Vaught; sisters-in-law, Gwen Emery and Barbara Stegall; 24 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

A special thanks to all other relatives, churches, ministers, Cedine, Erlanger, Hospice, special friends and organizations.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. at Grace Baptist Tabernacle, 2551 Tunnel Blvd., with Pastor Dr. John Geeter and other ministers officiating.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services. Interment will be in Forest Hills.

The body will lie in state after noon on Sunday, Jan. 16, at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.



Roberson, Virginia Layvett

Virginia Layvett Roberson went to be with the Lord on November 16, 2017.    She graduated from Howard High School in the class of 1934 and attended Tennessee State University.  She had been a member First Baptist Church of East Eighth Street since 1932, serving on the Usher Board and the Ladies Guild.  She retired from the Chattanooga Public School ... (click for more)

Cowart, Donald Earl

Donald Earl Cowart, 80, of Soddy Daisy passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017, in an area hospital. Don was a United State Army veteran and was a brick mason for many years in the Chattanooga area. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melba Cowart. Survivors include his daughters, Cecelia Medford and Angie Cowart; grandchildren, Brooke (John) Banco, Chuckie ... (click for more)

Dowdey, Julia Lorene (Dunlap)

Julia Lorene Dowdey, 87, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017. She was a homemaker and member of Chapel Hill Methodist Church for 40 years. She also was a member of the Red Hat Society and Golden Club Travel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Dowdey; parents, Samuel and Liza Horton; sisters, Inez White and Irene ... (click for more)

Brown, Mary Jane Joyner (South Pittsburg)

Mary Jane Joyner Brown, 84, of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, died on Friday, November 17, 2017.   The daughter of the late James Raymond and Lydia Mae Shubirg Joyner, she was a longtime member of the Kimball Church of Christ, and was the owner/operator of the Shoe Barn for 25 years. She was active at Richard Hardy Memorial School for many years serving as Room Mother ... (click for more)

3 People Shot Early Saturday Morning; 1 Is Killed; 2 Victims Are Known Gang Members

Ladarius Cross, 28, Terrance Careathers, 26, and a juvenile were shot early Saturday morning. Cross was killed.   Chattanooga Police responded to a motor vehicle crash at 5:16 a.m. in the 1400 block of Roanoke Avenue.   Upon arrival, Chattanooga Police Officers located the single vehicle crash with two people suffering for apparent gunshot wounds. The driver, ... (click for more)

Longest-Serving County Official Knowles Is First In Line To Sign Up For New Term

Bill Knowles is one of the longest-serving officials in Hamilton County history, and he's not through yet. County clerk since 1974, he was the first in line on Friday morning to pick up his petition for re-election. Then he beat everyone back with the completed form. Mr. Knowles said, "I ran in 1974 on a campaign of ending the long tag lines. We put in a tag by mail system ... (click for more)