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Earl Allen Tate
©Enid News and Eagle
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Funeral service for Earl Allen Tate, 75, will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carrell Still officiating. Burial will be in Driftwood Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at the funeral home.

Earl was born to George Washington and Patricia Irene (Wilcox) Tate on Aug. 20, 1935, in Cherokee and died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Enid.

Earl served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1956. He then worked for the Department of Defense at Tinker AFB, FAA at Wiley Post Airport as Flight Service Station Specialist, FAA as Air Traffic Controller at Kansas City, Abilene and Enid before retiring in 1980.

On Dec. 24, 1978, he married Patty Ann Smith in Fairview.

Earl enjoyed fishing, computers and tinkering around the house.

He is survived by his wife, Patty of the home; children, Janette and John Smith and Diane Brown, all of Enid, Gayle Turner of Oklahoma City, Sherry and Sean Patterson of Largo, Fla., Christina and Mark Rodriguez of San Antonio, Texas, Celeste Smith of Weatherford and Danny Jones of Enid; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Tate of Enid; sister, Janet and Darrell Reiger of Enid; mother and father-in-law, Willard and Doris Bartel of Enid. Memorials may be made to OMRF, heart division.

Condolences online at http://www.andersonburris.com/.

(Submitted by family)

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