From Victoria Cripps-Sauer
(no date - 1940?)
CHARTER MEMBER OF CHURCH DIES
MRS. D. K. TATE
Van Alstyne - Death called the seventh
and last charter member of the Van Alstyne Baptist church here at 2 p.m.
Thursday when Mrs. D. K. Tate, 85, died at her home following 10 days of
serious illness. She had been in ill health for the past few years.
Services were scheduled for 2 p.m.
Friday at the First Baptist church with Rev Frank Johnston, pastor, officiating.
The Rev. Llloyd Mottley of the Christian church and the Rev. Truett G.
Craft of the Methodist church were to assist. Burial was to be in Van Alstyne
cemetery with Fox-Fanning in charge.
Mrs. Tate was born June 18, 1855, in
Jefferson City, Tenn. as Miss Betty Sundeland. She came to Texas with her
parents at the age of 15 in 1870, settling three miles east of Van Alstyne.
The family traveled the entire distance in an ox wagon, requiring seven
weeks to make the trip.
She was married July 29, 1875, to D.
K. Tate, who died in 1920. When the Baptist church at Sister Grove, near
Van Alstyne, was organized by the Rev. Jim Hayes, she joined that body.
When the Van Alstyne Baptist church was organized in 1882, she joined that
organization., she and six others being charter members. The six other
members preceded her in death.
For the past 70 years, Mrs. Tate made
her home in Van Alstyne with the exception of two years spent in Blue Ridge.
Survivors include three children, Sam
Tate of Sherman, Louie and Homer Tate of Van Alsytne; 18 grandchildren
and 18 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers named were David Tate,
Knox Tate, Clifton DeBerry, Sam Tate Jr., Jewel McMillan and Jim McMillan.
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