2017-12-14 / Obituaries

James Hallam Tate

Funeral services for James Tate, 72, of Serbin, Texas, were held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin with Rev. John Schmidt officiating.

James Hallam Tate was born on September 18, 1945 in Brenham, Texas to Milton York Tate Sr. and Miriam McGregor (Phillips) Tate. He was baptized on August 8, 1959 at the First Presbyterian Church in Giddings by Rev. Walter T. Bowden and professed his faith through adult confirmation on February 13, 1977 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Arthur Graf. He graduated from Giddings High School in 1964, attended Blinn Junior College, and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business from Sam Houston State University. James was united in marriage to Linda Faye Kappler on June 30, 1973 in the chapel of the Giddings State School in Giddings by Rev. Willard Rother. He joined the US Army in February of 1966, was discharged in January of 1969, and served another 13 years in the Texas National Guard. James was one of the first employees hired at the Giddings State School and retired as a purchasing agent. He was later employed as the business manager of Immanuel Lutheran Church for several years and also served as the City of Giddings Municipal Judge. James was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin where he had served several terms as treasurer and was also on the picnic finance committee. James honored other veterans by being on the Giddings American Legion York Post 276 firing squad for several years.

James passed away suddenly the morning of Monday, December 11, 2017 at his home in Serbin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton & Miriam Tate; step-mother, Elner Hempel Tate; parents-in-law, Otto & Alma Kappler; one brother-in-law, Dr. Leo Neal Namken; two sisters-in-law, Josie Kasper and Ruth Lehmann & her husband, Roy, and one niece, Susan Tate.

James is survived by his wife, Linda Tate of Serbin; son, John Tate of Serbin; daughter, Liana Adair & her husband, Luke of Serbin; two grandchildren, Joshua and Sharron Adair of Serbin; one brother, Milton Tate and his wife, Twila of Brenham; two sisters, Eola Nell Alspaw & her husband, Ivan of Dallas and Miriam Namken of Weslaco; one sister-in-law, Jeanette Mitschke & her husband, Rudie of Houston; two brothers-in-law, Paul Kappler & his wife, Happy of Serbin and C.W. Kasper Jr. of Serbin as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the charity of one’s choice.

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