Clyde F. Tate, II, age 71, of Burkburnett, Texas, died February 22, 2021, in Gainesville, Texas, after a long, difficult battle with salivary gland cancer and lung cancer. Clyde was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 4, 1949, and graduated from Burkburnett High School. Clyde, who lived most of his life in Wichita Falls and Burkburnett, Texas, was a devoted companion to his mother in her decline, adored his cats, and enjoyed being a member of First Baptist Church in Burkburnett, Texas. After he was disabled in a work accident in 1989, Clyde volunteered for several years with The Friendship House in Wichita Falls. Later in life, he volunteered for the Area Agency of the Aging in Wichita Falls. He was also a long-time, active member of the YMCA’s Silver Sneakers program until he was no longer physically able to participate. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie M. Tate, and his father, retired Chief Master Sergeant, Clyde F. Tate. He is survived by his sister, Rebecca (Becky) Tate and her husband William (Bill) Simcik of Houston, Texas, who were his primary caregivers since 2007. Other family include his sister, Mary Faye Gibson, as well as cousins, Boyce Tate, Byron Tate, Lorene Brazell, and Gaynell Eubanks, along with several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to devoted family friends, Georgianna Greenway and Greg Smith, who were faithful in their ministry to Clyde throughout his illness and while he was in the nursing home. In lieu of flowers, and in recognition of Clyde’s love of animals, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Abandoned Animal Rescue: aartexas.org. The family will hold a memorial service at a future date.
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