Roderick Lee Tate, 77, died May 15 at his home in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Born in East Stone Gap, Va., he was a son of the late Wade Lee and Macy Giles Tate. He was a brother of the late Wade Edward Tate.
Tate was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a music educator with the Wise County, Va., School System and the Berea Independent School System. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap, where he served as choir director for 17 years.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Jan Ison Tate; a daughter, Christie Lynn Tate of Berea; a son, Roddy Tate of Berea; a granddaughter, Bailey McGuffin; a sister, Bobbie Tate Cooper and husband Kyle; a nephew, Steve Cooper; a niece, Sharon Cooper; and an aunt, Anna Ruth Wilson.
Funeral services were held May 19 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial was in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.