In Memoriam
Joyce Morton Tate

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Seymour Funeral Home

Joyce Morton Tate

January 11, 1930 - September 06, 2010

Joyce Tate passed away at S.E.C.U. Hospice House in Smithfield after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her entire life had been one of caring for her family, service to less fortunate people, and participating in the work of her church.

Joyce was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, the daughter of Laura Blue Morton and David Washington Morton. She grew up in Raleigh and was a graduate of Needham Broughton High School. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned a degree in home interior design and home making. After graduation from UNC, she worked briefly for the State of North Carolina as a clerk, but soon was married to Hugh A. Tate Jr. who was a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. This blessed union lasted 58 years.

After Lieutenant Tate was released from the Army, the young couple moved to Hillsborough, NC where “Buck” was employed by the North Carolina State Forest Service. Later they lived in Elizabeth City, New Bern and finally in Goldsboro. She was blessed with two wonderful children as well as many cherished friends and relatives.

Joyce enjoyed singing in the church choir and working with the church children programs. She was a very excellent cook and homemaker and along with one of her aunts, was involved in teaching flower arranging for home decoration. Her love encompassed all animals but she was always partial to cats. There were always several beautiful cats around her chair when she sat down at home. She loved the beach and collected small mountains of beautiful sea shells.

She is survived by her husband, Hugh A. “Buck” Tate; a son, Hugh A Tate III of Goldsboro; a daughter, Jacqueline Tate of Wilson and a grandson, Hugh A Tate IV.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church, designated for the church choir fund, 1101 E. Ash Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530.

A service to celebrate the life of Joyce will be held Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Drew Clark officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday following the service in McChesney Hall.

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