Tim Tate

December 3, 1966 - December 6, 2021

Timothy Joe Tate, the man, the myth, the legend, 55, of Kirbyville, Texas, passed away after a battle with Covid on Monday, December 6, 2021.  He was born on December 3, 1966, to Billie Joe Tate and Ruth Elaine Mason Tate in North Hollywood, California and was the sixth of seven children.  Tim lived big and loved bigger.  An all-round athlete Tim excelled in basketball, football, rugby, MMA and polo.  He was a natural horseman and a real cowboy.  People often sought his expertise in finding the horse that would be the perfect fit for them.  His motto was: “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”  Tim never met a stranger and was always eager to share his equine knowledge with those that wanted to learn. The jingle of his spurs and his “bigger than life personality” made him like a Pied Piper to children.  Tim and his life partner of over eight years, Rosa Dilley, were planning to be married on June 25, 2022.  He had three great passions in his life.  He enjoyed spending time with Rosa and his family, his horses and raising chickens.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother Jim Tate.

Tim is survived by his fiancé, Rosa Dilley; his children, Timothy Tate and wife Kat of Paragould, Arkansas; Leah Tate of Wimberley, Texas; Colette Ley and husband Chad of Prairie du Chin, Wisconsin; Lance Dilley and wife Davi of Soldier’s Grove, Wisconsin. Five grandchildren, Jude and Elias Johnson, Lance Koresch, Abigail Ley and Taylyn Dilley.  His brother, Tom Tate and wife Jamie of Auburn, California; sister, Lawana Tate and husband Mike of Porterville, California; sister, Donna Broadaway and husband Arlie of Milam, Texas; sister, Natalie Stricklin and husband Jon of Paragould, Arkansas; sister Shannon Fanucchi of Pleasant View, Tennessee and husband Vince of Bakersfield, California, and 16 nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Tim’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church, 181 Milam Street, Hemphill, Texas, on December 18, 2021, at 2:00pm with Pastor Alberto Williams officiating.  Tim’s long-time friend Dr. Ramone Reyes will present the eulogy. His committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Celebration of Life

First United Methodist Church -Hemphill
  • 181, Milam St, Hemphill, TX, 75948,
  • December 18, 2021
  • 2:00 pm


Broussard’s Crematorium
  • 5150, Stivers Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77705,

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