May 23, 1957 ~ December 4, 2015

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC,
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Mark Dean Tate, 58, of Fairview, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 4, 2015 at his residence. A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of Lois Reese Tate and of the late John William Tate Sr. He was also preceded in death by one brother, John William "Bill" Tate Jr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 31 years, Vanessa Smith Tate; two daughters, April Tate and Amber Tate; two brothers, Paul Tate and his wife, Donna, their children, Jessica and Jamie and Joe Tate and his wife, Diane, their children, Kyle and Kaylee. Mark was a member of Emma's Grove Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon, usher and Sunday School Director. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM on Monday, December 7, 2015 at Emma's Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Gene King officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks that memorial donations be made in Mark's name to Emma's Grove Baptist Church, PO Box 1786, Fairview, NC 28730. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. April,

    It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other. I am so sorry to you and your family. One thing that helps me with the grieving of my own father is to know that one day I’ll see him again. You will see your dad again. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  2. To All of Marks Family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. My memories of Mark consist of our time growing up. He was not only my cousin but friend in school. I remember Mom bringing Steven, MIchael and myself to Lois’s and spend the day. We would play with Mark up in the fields. May God comfort all of you in the days ahead. Keeping all of you in my Prayers. Carolyn Keener Caldwell

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Mark was a great friend and coworker. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. Vanessa, Amber, and April, I am very sorry for your loss. Mark was a wonderful, kindhearted, loving man. He is now on the streets of gold with Jesus and one day you will be reunited with him. You all are in my thoughts and prayers; may God give you comfort through all of this.

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  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m going to miss working beside Mark like I have everyday for the last 5 years or so. He has taught me more than you know, and even more wisdom over the years. Anybody and everybody that I’ve met that knew him all thought so highly of him, and I understand why. All the day’s he has came into work in lots of pain, I could tell he was, but he was always up beat and would never complain about it. It’s going to be hard to pull into work and not see the blue Thunder chicken as he called it sitting in the parking lot. Family, if you need anything just let me know. I am so sorry.

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