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Dennis Ray Tate

Dennis Ray Tate, age 71, of Walnut Shade, Missouri, passed away at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon, Missouri, Friday, January 24, 2020. He entered this life February 12, 1948, in Harrison, Arkansas, the son of Louis and Geneva (Stamps) Tate. His parents preceded him in death. He was joined in marriage March 23, 1998, to Rebecca Bilyeu.


Dennis Tate

Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.


Dennis proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved camping, canoeing, fishing and hunting. As a member of Duck’s Unlimited, he collected carvings, paintings and figurines of his favorite winged fowls.


Dennis began work in the banking industry in 1973 as a teller at Security Bank and Trust in Branson. In a career spanning four decades, he advanced to the position of executive vice president of First Community Bank of the Ozarks. He often spoke with pride of being able to serve his friends and neighbors as a hometown banker.


Dennis was a past president of both local chapters of Habitat for Humanity and the Junior Chamber of Commerce (the Jaycee’s). He was very involved in the community and was a member of the Walnut Shade General Baptist Church. Dennis and Rebecca owned and operated the Bear Creek Bed and Breakfast. Many lives have been touched by his help and encouragement. He will be greatly missed.


Dennis is survived by his wife of 21 years, Rebecca Tate; son, Steven (Pauline) Tate of Australia; daughter, Dr. Sheri Tate of Boerne, Texas; stepson, Matt Tate of Chestnut Ridge, Missouri; stepdaughter, Amanda (Ryan) Bonzer of Highlandville, Missouri; grandchildren: Hudson, London, and Daniel; brother, Ken (Janice) Tate of Omaha, Arkansas; sister, Donna (Ronnie) Byrd of Mabelvale, Arkansas; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Judy (Jim) Watson of Fair Grove, Missouri.


A memorial service with full military honors will be held at a later date at the Walnut Shade General Baptist Church in Walnut Shade, Missouri, with internment in the Cedar Valley Cemetery, Hollister, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org/greatermissouri). To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.

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