Mr. Marlin Carter Tate, Jr., 74, of Statesville, NC, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, unexpectedly. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee on November 25, 1944, and was the son of Mattie Florence Thomas Tate and the late Marlin Tate, Sr.
To send flowers in memory of Marlin Carter Tate Jr., please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
He was educated in the Memphis, Tennessee School System, later received his undergraduate degree from Alabama A & M University. He received his Masters Degree in School Administration from A & T State University. He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He was a Principal and retired from the Iredell Statesville School System in 2000. He employed by Mary Potter High School and Webb High School in Oxford, NC and later Statesville Senior High School, D. Matt Thompson, and Troutman Middle School. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church and was a former member of the Trustee Board. He served on the Board of Directors for Success Institute Charter School, a founding member of IMPACT and was a life member of the NAACP.
He was united in marriage to Lozona Doyle Tate, who survives. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Marlin Carter Tate, III of Atlanta, Georgia and Reverend Patrick Doyle (Tina) Tate of the home; two godsons, Robert Vinson (Maria) Smith and Ryan (Kim) Tenor, both of Statesville; four grandchildren, Chasity Gamble of Statesville, Nicholas Tate of Atlanta, Georgia, Langston Tate of California and Kennedy Tate of Hickory; one great grandchild, Jaiden Dingle of Statesville; four brothers, Magellan Tate, Joseph (Linda) Tate, Richard (Anita) Tate and Ralph (Lauren) Tate, all of Memphis, Tennessee; four sisters, Patricia Ann Robinson, Florentine Stepter, Kathlene Tate and Velma (Rev James) Tate, all of Memphis, Tennessee; two brothers-in-law, Frank Doyle of Atlanta, Georgia and Jesse (Vanessa) Doyle of Illinois; three sisters-in-law, Doris Amelia Barganier of Atlanta, Georgia, Janice Watts and Janet (Ruben) Nelson, both of Birmingham, Alabama; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, other relatives, the Iredell County School System Family, the Mt. Pleasant Family, other relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church. Reverend Reginald M. Keitt will officiate and Reverend Patrick Tate will eulogize. Mr. Tate will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, 603 South Center Street, Statesville, NC until taken to the church to lie in state at 12:00 noon. Members of the family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, December 18, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., but will assemble at the residence at other times. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church Building Fund, c/o 228 Jamie Drive, Statesville, N. C. 28677.
Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. Tate at www.rutledgeandbigham.com. Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Marlin Tate.
~Where do I begin. I remember when I was little Tre and I would go with you to games and it seemed as if everywhere we went some would tell us of how you impacted their lives. Former players you coached, students you had as either an AP at SHS. Principal at D. Matt Thompson, the first Principal at Statesville Middle or Principal at Troutman Middle they all respected you. And that’s why I wanted to be like you. I will never forget the lessons, the talks. You were the strongest man I have ever known. Your work here is done now. Your sons are men. Yes, we hurt but we have each other. V, Tre, and I will make sure mom is taken care of. With tears in my eyes. And a heavy heart I say. Rest now Daddy. I love you, Marlin Carter Tate, Jr The greatest father in the world!! #myhero
Love Your Son, Patrick