Booker T. Tate was born June 11, 1957 to Sam and Theo Tate in Durham, NC He passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC.
Preceding Booker in death was his father, Sam Tate, mother Theo Tate and three sisters, Murlee, Marie and Savannah Tate.
Booker graduated from Hillside High School with the class of 1975. He went on to receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science and Business Administration from Durham Technical Community College in 1978. After graduating from DTCC, Booker attended North Carolina Central University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 1986.
Booker worked for a period of time with the City of Durham. He had also been an accountant for the Durham Public Schools and as a Night Auditor at The Hilton Hotel in Durham, NC. He always had a business mindset, leading him to manage several mini marts while in college. After graduating from college, he and two friends got together to open AT&G Associates. Booker not only took pride in his business, but he truly relished the friends he met along his journey. Over the years, his expertise and reputation led him to later establish the AT&G Business and Real Estate Office. Shortly thereafter he joined the Bullock Construction Company and DWashington Group where he was employed until his passing.
Booker was a member of Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church along with his immediate family. In his early years, he sang in the Men’s Choir and Evangelical Choir under the leadership of the late Dr. W. T. Bigelow.
Booker was an extremely kind-hearted and patient person. He showed his truth in the way he treated others and carried himself, always kind, respectful, optimistic and his willingness to go out of his way to help others in need. May years he dedicated his time ensuring his family was taken care of especially his mother, sisters and children, he made sure that every Saturday was spent with them. He would take them grocery shopping, to thrift stores, and his mother’s two favorite stores, Walmart and Maxway. After his mother’s passing, his #1 priority became his sister. He made sure if they needed anything and he was able, the job would definitely get done, and if he was unable, he would find someone who could. He rarely told anyone No. Even with all the work Booker never complained and still found the time to do the things that he loved. In his leisure, he enjoyed restoring old homes, going fishing with his brothers, and just shooting the breeze with friends. He also found solace in reading the Bible and alone time with just him and God. One thing we know for sure, Booker will be greatly missed, but we take comfort in knowing that he is with the Lord and did his best here on earth with us.
Booker is survived by his daughters, Sandy Jacobs (Sean) and Kaiya Tate; three granddaughters, Feirra Spence, Ashley Spence, Yanih Jacobs; three stepdaughters, Sandrette Parker (Paul), Andrea Bagley (Gerald), Aesha Thomas; two stepsons, Ronnie Williams and Courtney Rorie; nine stepgrandchildren; one sister Theo Tate; three brothers Sanders Tate (Theresa), Sam Tate (Djuana), Keith Tate; special companion, Sandra Rorie; former wife, Robyn Tate; a special niece, Theretha Tate; and very special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Hood; the team of DWashington Group