Sheldon R. ‘Smokey’ Tate

Sheldon Ralph “Smokey” Tate, 90, of Williamsburg went home to be with the Lord peacefully early Sunday morning at his home.

He was born in Oreminea, rural Williamsburg, son of the late Robert L. and Vesta E. (Zimmerman) Tate. He was twice married, first to Mary Hartman, who preceded him in death, and then to Dolores F. Helsley on Oct. 27, 1956, in Williamsburg.

He is survived by his wife; two sons: Timothy at home, and Thomas in Williamsburg; two grandchildren: Hunter and Haley; a half-sister, Mildred; several nephews and nieces; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by two half-brothers: Paul and Robert B. Tate.

Mr. Tate was a 1941 graduate of Williamsburg High School, where he participated on the basketball team.

He retired from the lab at Westvaco, Williamsburg plant, after 33 years of service, and then was employed at the former Berwind-White Railways, Hollidaysburg.

Smokey was a lifelong member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Men’s Bible Class, was a former Sunday school teacher, and was a former member of Pastor/Parish Relations Committee.

He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946 aboard the USS General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, attaining the rank of Corporal.

Smokey was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball, Duke basketball, Penn State football, Pittsburgh Steelers football, and Williamsburg Blue Pirate sports fan.

He enjoyed traveling and loved his Williamsburg community, socializing with his many friends at the Williamsburg O.I.P. and Hauser’s Barber Shop.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, with Pastors Heather Hughes, Howard Lindsay and Paul Campbell officiating. Interment will full military honors accorded by Blair County Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Royer Cemetery, rural Williamsburg.

The family prefers memorial contributions be given to the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, Williamsburg Ambulance Club or Williamsburg Public Library.

Arrangements are by John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg.