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The Cherryville Eagle

Benny Tate

Oct 04, 2019 08:37AM ● By Jan Sailors

Benny Tate

CHERRYVILLE – Benny Wade “Paw” Tate, 61, of Bess Chapel Church Rd., passed away peacefully Wednesday Sept. 25, 2019 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House. He was born Jan. 19, 1958 to Jim Tate and the late Bennie Sue Beam Tate.

Benny was a member of Anthony Grove Baptist Church and was also a member of the Barnabas Sunday School Class. Benny absolutely loved his grandchildren. He was truly loved and was known as “Paw” by everyone. He was a beloved husband, son, father, coach, and friend. Benny was an avid Tarheel fan and loved to fish. He will be missed by his friends at Vickie’s Grill. 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Tate.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 40 years, Cindy Rayfield Tate; daughter, Carla Tate Steele (Justin), and Leslie Tate; father and stepmother, Jim and Sandra Lockee Tate; brothers, “Bo” Tate (Wanda), and Chris Tate; sisters, Robin Wilent (Jim), and Ginger Beam (Tim); grandchildren, Brock Steele, Lucas Steele, and Caroline Bingham; godchildren, Aiden, Braelyn, and Caelyn Powers; and his beloved Shih Tzu, Zeus.

His family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at Anthony Grove Baptist Church.

A celebration of Benny’s life was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 at Anthony Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Faulkenbury, and the Rev. Dr. Dennis Bean officiating.

Burial followed in City Memorial Cemetery.

Condolences may be made to

Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Tate.