Linuel Tate lived a full and busy life. Born on the family farm in the Greenway, Ark., area on February 29, 1936, to Burtis and Lydia Tate, he was the second of nine children.
He married the love of his life, Mary Kathern Rickman, on Oct. 17, 1959, and added two children to the family, Steven and Alisa.
He was baptized as a young child in the river North of St. Francis at the club house. He enjoyed serving his church whether it was through the Sunday school teaching, fish fries or the various programs and activities held. He usually was behind the scenes working. He became a deacon of Hitts Chapel Church in March of 1974
His love for being outdoors in the dirt started at an early age, as did his work ethic. He spent many years tending to fields of rice, beans, milo and wheat. His love for growing extended to the vegetable garden he and his wife, Kathern, grew every year. It has been told his sweet corn was the best around. In the late 60s he started farming full time. In 1986 it was time to let row farming go and start a new adventure. This is when he became “THE STRAWBERRY MAN.” The strawberries quickly became a new passion for both Kathern and Linuel that continued for over 30 years. The last few years a 1950 Cub tractor entered the family, and the NEA parade circuit became a family event. The 2020 virus didn’t stop his annual 4th of July ride, as he rode around town on his tractor anyway.
His journey ended November 30, 2020, leaving behind his wife of 61 years, Mary Kathern Tate; one son, Steven Tate and wife Robin of Piggott, Ark.; one daughter, Alisa Hancock and husband Tommy of Knobel, Ark.; his grandchildren, Steven Tate, Jr., Bryan Tate and Mike Wylie; great-granddaughter, Mia Katherine Tate; brothers, Tommy Tate and wife Teresa of Jonesboro, Ark., Terry Tate and wife Lynda of Campbell, Mo., Ricky Tate of Piggott and Don Tate of Tucson, Ariz.; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, B.E. Tate, Leon Tate and Gaylon Tate; and one sister, Etta Faye Lance
In lieu of flowers, family request memorials to GBIM, 100 Stinson Drive, Poplar Bluff, Mo., 63901, for the Faith Home Orphanage.