David E. “Popeye” Tate, 92, of Rutledge, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021.

He was a member of Shiloh Methodist Church and attended regularly. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Korean War, and retired from American Enka after 40 years of service. At his retirement, he was supervisor of the carpenter shop and continued his love of woodworking in making swings and gliders, which many neighbors and friends still enjoy.

Popeye started playing sports at a young age and enjoyed it throughout his life. He was instrumental in getting football started for elementary students in Grainger County, and always made sure any child who wanted to play had the opportunity and transportation to the games. It was his joy to watch his sons participate in sports and in later years could be found watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the baseball field, softball field and basketball court. For 40 years he enjoyed hunting trips to Montana with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Pauline “Polly” Smith Tate; son, William “Eddie” Tate; parents, Dave E. Tate and Relia Mae Davis Tate; and sisters, Naomi “Goldie” Clevenger, Margaret Turley, Sarah Horner and Kathleen Farrar.

Popeye is survived by his sons, Mike (Frances) Tate and Tim Tate; daughter-in-law, Norma Tate; grandchildren, Chad (Brittney) Tate, Brad (Jessica) Tate, Tara (Richard) Collins and Tessa (Roddy) Mitchell; great-grandchildren, who were definitely the light of his life, Ty, Ella and Tate Collins, Katy Lynn and Brylee Tate, Will Tate; Paisley Headrick and Saylor Mitchell; sisters, Doris (Lawrence) Watson and Wanda Kinkead; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will receive friends 5 – 7 p.m., Thursday, July 29 at Smith-Reagan Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Travis “Mooter” Proffitt officiating. Family and friends will gather at 10:45 a.m., Friday, July 30 at Shiloh Cemetery for an 11 a.m. military graveside service with Rev. Lee Brickey officiating. Military honors will be given by Tri-County Honor Guard.

Arrangements by: Smith-Reagan Funeral Home

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