Funeral services for Nancy DeLoach Tate of Leland will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 2 at First Baptist Church, Leland. She bounded through the gates of heaven with a free pass on Monday, June 27, 2022. Burial will follow in the Leland-Stoneville Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland.
Nancy was born October 5, 1931, to Grace and Crawford DeLoach in Leland, Mississippi. She became a Christian at a young age at First Baptist Church, Leland, where she remained a member until her death. She never veered from her faith and love for her Heavenly Father. She fell in love with Buddy Tate in the 9th grade, and they shared a deep and unending love until his death in 1981. She attended Leland Public School and was elected Homecoming Queen. She went to college at MSCW. Upon arrival at college, she went to each dorm room and met everyone in the building. She quickly became dear friends with all and was voted dorm favorite. Nancy and Buddy married on April 4, 1951. He entered the Army, and they lived in El Paso, TX and Alexandria, VA. He guarded the Pentagon, until they returned home to join the family farming operation.
Nancy loved life and greeted everyone she knew and many she didn’t, as if they were dear friends. She always wore a smile no matter the circumstances and loved everyone. Her love for family knew no bounds. She studied her Bible every morning and talked to Jesus throughout her day.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Alexander “Buddy” Tate, Jr.; her parents; her sister, Bonnie DeLoach Traugott; her twin brother, Cooper Joe DeLoach; her daughter-in-law, Joyce B. Tate; and son-in-law, Jeffrey McCaskill.
She is survived by 4 children, C. A. “Bud” Tate III (Jamie), Gaila T. Oliver (Scott), Trudy T. Tubertini (Greg), and Robert “Rob” J. M. Tate (Rene); grandchildren, C. A. Tate IV (Kristin), Cassie T. Gee (Todd), Jeremy Tate (Audrey), Matthew McCaskill (Whitney), Joshua McCaskill (Ingram), Jeffrey Hunter McCaskill (Lindsey), Landi T. Santucci (Cooper), Lindsey T. Sherman (Corey), Laci Tubertini, Anthony Tate, and Abbie Brown; great-grandchildren, C. A. “Xander” Tate IV, Meraleigh Tate, Caelin Gee, Alaina Gee, Harvey Gee, Hamilton Tate, Hayden Tate, Sarah Foster McCaskill, Cooper Santucci, John Santucci, and Abel Santucci; and a vast array of nieces and nephews and step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren whom she lovingly included in her family.
Pallbearers are Xan Tate, Jeremy Tate, Matthew McCaskill, Josh McCaskill, Hunter McCaskill, Anthony Tate, Nathan DeLoach, and Josh Walker.
The family extends a very humble and loving appreciation to Tracie White without whom the last few years would not have been possible. She was Nanny’s dearest and closest companion and caretaker. Many thanks are also extended to Barbara Johnson who left her family on weekends to provide loving care and to Patricia Casavechia and Grace Hospice.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 1 at Boone Funeral Home, Leland. The family requests donations to Arms of Mercy, Inc., P. O. Box 4691, Greenville, MS 38704 or John 3:16 Ministries, 150 Holmes Rd, Charlotte, AR 72522.