VILLE PLATTE It is with immense sadness and the heaviest of hearts that the family of Joseph Jennings Tate, 76, announces his passing on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, he was at his home surrounded by his devoted family when he left this world to join his Savior in the next. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church of Ville Platte with Rite of Committal to follow in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery Father Jason Vidrine will officiate the services.
A loyal and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Jennings leaves behind his beloved wife of fifty seven years, Bernadese Dee Dupre Tate of Ville Platte and their precious children: Kevin Tate and his wife, Tammy of Opelousas, Karen Duplechin and her husband, Blake of Baton Rouge, Jody Tate and his wife, Carol of Hartford, CT., Ann Fontenot and her husband, Chad of Ville Platte and Ricky Tate and his wife, Christy of Vidrine. His memory will be forever cherished by his grandchildren: Michelle West, Tiffany Tate, Ashlyn and Benjamin Tate, Alex Duplechin and his wife, Meghan, Jennifer Oberthier and her husband, Justin, Hannah and Nicole Tate, C J Hesnor, Zachary, Adam and Elizabeth Fontenot and Caden and Ty Tate. Jennings was blessed with three great grandchildren: Austin and Andrew West and Bennett Duplichin they were the absolute light of his life and his greatest joy here on earth. Also left behind to mourn, a host of nieces, nephews and countless friends whom are sure to recount his stories and antics for years to come.
Mr. Tate was a lifelong resident of Ville Platte who owned and operated the Joe Tate Commission Barn, he was also a well known and highly respected horse trainer at The Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Jennings work defined him to many people but not in his eyes, his greatest job and joy was providing for his beloved family. He took every chance he could to spend time with them, cooking, joking and being the kind of husband, father and grandfather every family should be lucky enough to have.
Jennings will now reunite in Heaven with his parents, Joe and Clemence Deville Tate and his siblings: Alvin Bad Tate, George Tate, Inez Tate Morien and Theresa Tate Ortego. Their reunion will most certainly be a joyous occasion.
At the request of the Tate family, visitation will be held at Ardoins Funeral Home of Ville Platte beginning at 5:00 PM Tuesday, June 03, 2014 and will continue until 10:00 PM and again Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 8:00 AM to the time of the service. A Rosary will be recited in his honor at 6:30 PM Tuesday evening.
Family and friends may view the online obituary andor send words of comfort to the Tates at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
All arrangements have been entrusted to Ardoins Funeral Home of Ville Platte, 3373632181.