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Dan River Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

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Dan River Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Sunday May 17th, 2020

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John Dillard "Monk" Tate

John Dillard Tate “Monk” of Ruffin, went to be with the Lord Friday morning on May 15, 2020. Monk was born on May 29, 1934 in Ruffin and attended Freedom Baptist Church and loved his family and friends. He was a tobacco farmer for 28 years (1956-1984) then owned his own business Tate Trucking Company (1984-2019). He also raced for over 50 years and had a huge love for racing. He won over 50 races in one season and his biggest accomplishment in racing was in 1975, when he won the Dogwood 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Monk has finished his final race. He is survived by his wife, Betty Walker Tate; daughter, Pam Tate Meeks; three sons, Jeff Tate (wife Pam Johnson Tate), Joel Tate (wife Mitzi Julian Tate), Eric Tate (wife Sharon Craig Tate); four grandchildren, Kevin Meeks (wife Brittany Meeks), Brandon Tate, Hunter Tate, and Kenzie Tate; two sisters, Bessie Tate Sparks, and Lorene Tate Lawrence; one brother, George Tate. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Nellie Tate; three brothers, Robert Tate, Dewey Tate, and Cecil Tate; two sisters, Elaine Tate Smith and Debra Tate Boulding. The family will receive friends at the home of Monk and Betty Tate, 2736 Oregon Hill Road in Ruffin. A graveside service will be held at Dan River Primitive Baptist Church, Sunday, May 17,2020 at 2:00 pm. Monk may be viewed at the funeral home from 8:30 until 11:30 AM before the service.

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A candle was lit in memory of John Tate

Emma May 21 2020 3:12 PM

Pam and family, We are so sorry to hear about Monk's passing. May your memories provide comfort to you and your family. You are in our prayers at this difficult time. Keeping you close in our thoughts. Wayne and Susan Ellzey

susan ellzey May 19 2020 12:13 PM

BBQ a great hog . Enjoy being around him and the others. He always had something going down to make you laugh. He was one of a king ..My prayers are with the family. Jo Ard

Jo Ard May 18 2020 7:57 PM

betty and jeff just found out of monk's passing today 5/18/ at ipm he was a good friend to me when we raced together,he will always be a hero to me ,GOD has a real racer in heaven today with all my love to you Gerald Joyce

gerald joyce May 18 2020 2:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Tate

JoeyBecky Martin May 18 2020 12:38 PM

To all the Tate family: I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Ray Stephens May 18 2020 10:20 AM

Monk was a friend to everyone and helped a lot of people. the church is not the building, its the people . the commandment is to treat others as you would like to be treated, Monk did that everywhere he went and all he came in contact with. made lots of friends, did not want to lose any. a friend to me . thankful for him! Troy Barber

troy barber May 18 2020 6:35 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Tate

Beth Walker Layne May 17 2020 6:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Tate

Renee and Rodney Vernon May 17 2020 3:06 PM

Sorry to hear of the passing of Monk Tate. He'd known me since I came into the world. He was 1 of my Dad's best friends & "deer hunting" companions for many years. Fond memories of Sat. race nites w/ Monk driving & me cheering. Condolences to Ms. Betty & all the family members. #Thanx for the memories Monk # RIP 88

Shelton Bobby May 17 2020 12:52 PM

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