Mary Tate | Obituaries

by | December 18, 2018 9:32 am

Mary Tate

Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home

WALTERBORO:   Mrs. Mary Luana Tate, wife of Bruce W. Tate, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro after an extended illness.  She was 70.

Mrs. Tate was born in Charleston, West Virginia September 30, 1948, a daughter of the late Harold and Hilda Leader Blackhurst.  She was a 1970 graduate of Columbia College, and had been a social worker for the state of South Carolina, for the Colleton County Drug and Alcohol Commission, and for the Pruitt Post-Acute Health Care Center in Walterboro.  She was an active member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her husband of 47 years, she is survived by her children:  Will Tate of Summerville, Dallas Tate of Walterboro, and Hal Tate (Katie) of Aiken.  There are five grandchildren:  Gage, Bryce, and Brooklyn Farish, and Henry and Charlie Tate.  She leaves behind one brother, David Blackhurst of Show low, Arizona.

The family will receive friends during a time of visitation Friday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home, 117 Paul Street in Walterboro, which is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Comment by David Blackhurst

    December 20, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Dear Bill, Will, Dallas, and Hal,

    It is with great sorrow that I have to write this to you. I always thought Mary Lou would be going after me. I never dreamed she would pass away before me. I can still remember her as a little girl probably 2 years old when I hit her with a baseball bat. That is why she had a little knot on her upper lip in the corner of her mouth. I can still remember grabbing her up and running to the house in Rand, WV with her and yelling to our mother that she had been hurt. Grandma Blackhurst ran to the car and went to Belle to ake her to the doctor. When she got close there was a train across the road and she couldn’t get through. She got out of the car and ran up to the engineer and told him what was wrong. He actually moved the train back so she could drive through. Along with many other memories I could write but just know that I am deeply sorry that we could not be there with you on this sad day. Know I will be thinking of you at this time. Take care and love each other. Her loving brother David and family

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