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Phillip Leon Tate, Sr.
Barco – Phillip Leon Tate, Sr., 82, died on November 6, 2014. He was born in Hardinsburg, KY on March 26, 1932 to the late Amel and Evelyn (Snyder) Tate. He is survived by his son Phillip Jr., daughter-in-law, Amy, grandchildren, Jeffrey, Andrew, and Samantha, and great-granddaughter, Quinn, all of Naples, FL. He is also survived by his brother Boyce Tate, Sr. of Nashville, TN, nieces Sara, Amy, and Emily, and nephews, Boyce and Stephen.
Phil was a member of the Breckinridge County High School graduating class of 1950 and a graduate of Virginia Technical Institute. In his lifetime, he served his country both as a member of the United States Air Force and through his work for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He was an accomplished architect and helped restore the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC for the Centennial Celebration of Flight. He was passionate about music and loved his church, and over the years, served as organist, music director, and choir master. Phil enjoyed visiting his son and family in Naples regularly and never missed the annual canoe races but always returned to his beloved home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. One of his greatest joys, beyond family and friends, came from taking care of local cats in need. He was a good man and will be sorely missed by his family, by his friends, and by his community.
Phil will be laid to rest on Thursday, November 13th at 12:00noon in an open service for family and friends at Ivy Hills Cemetery in his birthplace of Hardinsburg, KY. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, November 15th at 11:00A.M. at Saint Andrew’s By The Sea Episcopal Church at 4212 S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nag’s Head, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Phil and his life to the music program of Saint Andrew’s By The Sea or to your local SPCA.
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