william tate
William L. Tate, 63, of Weirton, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2007at the Weirton Medical Center. Born March 6, 1944 in Steubenville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Roxter L. and Daphne Cottrill Tate. Mr. Tate was also preceded in death by his first wife Mary Margaret McIntosh Tate. With 37 years of service, he retired from Weirton Steel where he worked as a pipe fitter in the Tin Mill Department. He was a member of the Point Pleasant Methodist Church in New Cumberland, Masonic Lodge 171, Weirton Jaycees and Osiris Shrine where he was actively involved in the Iron Horse Patrol, Arab Patrol and Royal Order of Jesters. He also served as Past President of the Northern Panhandle Shrine Club. Bill was an avid golfer, WVU fan, served on the Reunion Committee for the Weir High Class of 1963 and was a former little league coach. William is survived by his wife Loranna Williams Tate; son Jamie Scott Tate and his wife Lisa Ann all of Weirton; daughter Rebecca Jill Felton and her husband Christopher of Morgantown, WV; step-son Robert Loren King and his wife Jennifer Ann of Newell, WV; step-daughter Robyn King of Chester, WV; brothers Ronald Tate and his wife Helen of Weirton; Sammie Tate and his wife Karen and Thomas Tate and his wife Judy all of New Cumberland; grandchildren Michael Sperringer, Haleigh Felton, Rayghan King, Hannah Delon, Gavid Stratton and Austin King and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received Saturday 6-8 and Sunday 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton where funeral services will be celebrated 11AM Monday. Pastor Robert Staub will officiate. Entombment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens where Masonic services will be conducted. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Panhandle Shrine, P. O. Box 2245, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. I really enjoyed Bill’s company. We had great conversations and he made me feel like part of the family. GOD BLESS THE FAMILY

  2. So sorry to hear Bill has passed.I remember when we were neighbors back in the 50s.He had a good & hospitable family. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  3. To The Tate Family: We were so saddened & surprised to hear of Bill’s passing. We have many good memories of good times with him in the past. Our prayers and thoughts will be with all of you during this sad time.

  4. To me, like Family. To you, Jamie… a Friend who is glad that I had the chance to meet your Dad. Thanks for introducing us. My thoughts and prayers are yours and your family’s.

  5. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. I did not know Bill, however, I am best friends with Kathy Zapotoczny and I dated and was engaged to Mike Underwood for years and I know how close and pleasant the entire Tate family is. Stay strong and may God bless your family at your time of need.

  6. Ron and Helen, Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. I remember him from Little League. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Jerry Hamill

  7. Blessings of hope and Comfort are sent your way. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. With sincere Love and Sympathy Paul and Rev. Patty Beagle

  8. To the Tate family, Ron & Helen, you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of you brother. I have very fond memories of Bill from PVCC and all that he did for me there.

  9. As a classmate.. I will always remember the fun loving guy.. who would do anything in the world for anybody…..at any time…. He will be truly missed.. My sympathy to his family.

  10. How do you put into words how we feel when learning of Bill;s passing. He was such a good guy and when we would get together for the class reunion meetings he was always joking around. We just had one of our meetings 2 weeks ago and of course he was there teasing and making us laugh. To his family you know how he was loved and he would do anything for you guys. His love of WVU was unbelievable. Any thing he got involved with he could be counted on. To say goodbye won;t work will just say until we meet again Bill know you will be sorely missed but especially loved.

  11. To the Tate Family Bill was my classmate from 2nd thru 12th grade. My brothers Gary and Rich, and myself were always going “out the lane” where we had many friends, but none nicer than Bill. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Bill made everything and everyone around him just a little bit better. Karen Barber Falbo WHS Class of 1963

  12. Dear Cousin Loranna, I’m sorry to hear about Bill but you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love Marti

  13. I am sorry to see Bill has passed, he was a great guy to work with. I worked with him in the Tin Mill years ago. Again, I am sorry. Mike Maddog Madigan

  14. Bobby, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Harry and Pam Pease

  15. Becky and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts during this very difficult time. Clifton, Kim, Adrian and Rylee

  16. Loranna & Family: You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God grant you the strength to carry on!

  17. Dear Sam and Karen, I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. I wasn’t able to get to the funeral because of illness. I’m keeping all of you in my prayers. Love, Shirley

  18. Becky and family, and Ron and Helen and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Fletcher family

  19. We were so sorry to hear about Bill. He and I were good friends in high school and left for Texas shortly after graduation. We tried to make it in the big city of Dallas, but we returned to Weirton one month before President Kennedy was assasinated to join the ranks of WSX. I will miss my friend.

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