Published 1:18 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Rita Tate was born on Oct. 2, 1934, to Ike and Louise Ploughman of Angie. She received her education in Angie.
From an early age, Rita raised her sisters Mary and Deane after the passing of their mother. She had two sons, James Earl and Oscar Lee. She raised her niece Ruth Peters, great-nephew Alex Peters and great-niece Cynthia Peters-Curtain as her own and was the caregiver for Jasmine and La Damien as well. She cared for her granddaughters Nicole, Sonya and Renee each summer.
She was married to Eugene Tate and they served under the leadership of the Rev. Lynwood Bolton at Center Baptist Church. Rita proudly served as an usher and choir member.
She worked for the Pittman family and was also employed by the Angie School District.
She was known for her famous canned pears and figs.
She leaves to cherish and honor her memory: her loving son, James Earl; her niece, Ruth; sister, Mary; great-niece, Cynthia; great-great nephews, Calvin, and La Damien; great-great-niece, Jasmine (Jamaldo); granddaughters, Nicole, Sonya (Ernest) and Renee; grandson, Kevin; nephew, Dock (Stella); as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Eugene Tate; daughter, Sarah Ann; son, Oscar Lee Thompson; brothers, John Lee, Henry and Lawyer Ploughman; parents, Ike and Louise Ploughman; sisters, Susie Ploughman-Roberts, Sophia Ploughman-Peters, Essic Ploughman and Deane Rayford; and great-great-nephew, Alex Peters.
The drive-through viewing will be Friday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Crain and Sons Funeral Home in Bogalusa.
The funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. at Crain and Sons Funeral Home in Bogalusa. Interment will be at the Robinson Cemetery in Varnado.
Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Bogalusa is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook online at www.crainandsons.com.