Robert Hutchins Tate, 73, died Friday, July 13 in Cookeville.
Better known as Bob, he was born Jan. 11, 1939 and was preceded in death by his mother, Maria Hutchins Tate, father William R. Tate, stepmother, Maude Tate, daughter, Elizabeth Ann Tate, and son, Robert Kevin Tate.
He is survived by two daughters and four grandchildren, Mary Ann T. Gleason-Thompson of Nashville, her sons, Robert Martin Gleason and Brandon Reid Thompson; Amanda Oakes Tate-Scheidler of Cookeville, her daughter, Mariah Lynn Scheidler, and her son, Robert Jacob Scheidler.
He was a former resident of McMinnville where he grew up and attended City Grammar School. He graduated from Central High School, Murfreesboro and earned a Naval ROTC scholarship to Vanderbilt University. After graduating from Vanderbilt and receiving his Officer's Commission, he served as a U.S. Navy pilot for seven years. He also taught Naval ROTC at Duke University for two years.
After leaving the Navy, Mr. Tate flew commercial airplanes for Pan American Airlines, then worked for years as a manager and administrator in the aviation field. He also earned a degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee. As part of that program, he helped rebuild a town in Nicaragua after a major earthquake there.
Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery in McMinnville at 5 p.m. Tuesday with retired Army Col. Thomas B. Vaughn officiating. Military honors will be performed by a Joint Honor Guard from American Legion Post 173 and VFW Post 5064.
Bobby Kirby is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 5, 2012