Funeral services set for Former TN State Senator Reginald Tate

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UPDATE: Funeral services are set for this weekend for former Tennessee State Senator Reginald Tate.

The wake is Friday Oct. 25 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at NJ Ford & Sons Funeral Home at 12 South Pkwy W.

The Homegoing Celebration is set for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church at 70 North Bellevue.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Former Tennessee State Senator Reginald Tate has passed away at the age of 65.

Tate was elected to the Senate seat in 2006.  He represented Senate district 33 until last year.  The district encompasses parts of Memphis and Shelby County. During his 12 years in the Senate, Tate served on several major committees including the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee, the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, the Joint Fiscal Review Committee and served as Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee and of the Shelby County Delegation. 

He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Architectural Engineering and went on to become President and CEO of the Accent by Design architectural firm. He also served on numerous Memphis boards, including the National Civil Rights Museum and Lifeblood. 

Tate was known for his ability to work across party lines.  TBCSL Chairman G.A. Hardaway said, “Senator Tate was a dedicated and accomplished politician who worked to build consensus and bring lawmakers together to pass legislation that benefited Shelby County.  Our hearts go out to his family and we join them in mourning his loss.” 

From the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators

TN State Rep. Antonio Parkinson tweeted: “Just received the shocking news of the passing of my friend and former colleague Senator Reginald Tate. We carried meaningful legislation together that made a difference in the lives of many across the state of TN. He always made us smile when he was around. He will be missed.”

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