John F. Tate CDR., USN (Ret.)
Funeral Date: 12/6/2009

John F. Tate CDR., USN (Ret.), age 78, of Little Rock, AR. died Wednesday December 2, 2009 in Little Rock, AR. Born April 4, 1931 in Columbus, OH, he was a son of the late Joseph Tate and Helene Lee Tate. He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran and a 1954 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. As a submariner in the Vietnam War he was awarded numerous commendations including the bronze star for heroism in combat. He served as the Executive Officer on the U.S.S. Razorback, and the Commanding Officer on the U.S.S. Tunny. He was a Baptist, 32nd. degree Mason, and a Shriner. Survivors are his wife Iris Neal Tate whom he married December 30, 1974 at Annapolis, MD., son Andrew Tate and spouse Olga, Brunswick, GA., brothers Charles Tate, San Diego, CA., Pete Tate, Marion, OH., Andrew Tate, Virginia Beach, VA. Preceding him in death were sisters Josie Tate and Carolyn Kennard. Graveside services with full military honors were 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 6, in Neal Cemetery near Hermitage, AR., by Frazerís Funeral Home.



Name: Linda Teater Hopper
Message: Iris Lee...I was sorry to read about your husband. Please accept my condolences.

Name: Joseph Mathis
Message: Please accept my condolences on the loss of CDR Tate. I am the Vice Commander for the USS Razorback chapter of the United States Submarine Veterans organization. I'm sorry I didn't get to meet him. Respectfully, Joseph Mathis

Name: Jack Wildman
Message: Iris, So sorry to hear of John's. passing. My warmest regards to you and your family. JW

Name: Richard Thompson
Message: It was a great honor to have been John's roommate for all four years at the United States Naval Academy. Those fond memories will be with me always. My sincere sympathy to John's family.

Name: Oliver Shearer
Message: I am deeply saddened to learn of John's death. We were first friends in high school at Raymond, Missippi played football together and graduated together in summer of 1949. After a year we met again in Bancroft Hall at the US Naval Academy. After graduation and serving on surface ships we became submariners and each of us commanded one. John was a fine man and US Navy Officer. Sincerely, O.V. Shearer Jr. Captain USN (Ret). c