Mrs. Martha Johnson Glenn Tate, affectionately known as “Doodle”, of Florence, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at her home. She was 85.
The visitation for family and friends will be at Elkins Funeral Home on Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Florence with Rev. Richard Gillespie officiating. The burial will follow in the Florence Cemetery.
It is not enough to say that to know Doodle was to love Doodle. There is no way to count the number of lives she changed with a glass of sweet tea, an “Oh Dah-lin”, her love, a hug, or a simple smile and wave. Doodle always said, “Be kind to everyone. You never know when you are entertaining angels.”
Doodle attended Coffee High School and Lausanne College, Memphis, Tennessee. She was a 50 year member of the D.A.R., a volunteer for MSMHC Child Adolescent Program and a founding member of Rolling Riders. She was an elder and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church. Her passions included painting and teaching horse riding lessons which she did for 40 years.
She is survived by her children Lake E. Tate III and wife Beth, Joe Glenn Tate and wife Pam, Bart McTyre Tate and wife Yvonne, John Lance Tate and Martha Glenn Tate Garrison; grandchildren Lake E. Tate IV and wife Naomi, Andrew S. Tate, Brooke Tate Beck and husband Brock, Matthew Lance Tate, Barton McTyre Tate, Jr. and wife Traci, Lauren Glenn Tate, Emily Jordan Tate and Ava Elizabeth Garrison; great-grandchild Ella Claire Tate; brother Walter Glenn and wife Alice; nieces and nephews Redmon Miller, March and Courtney Glenn, and Stephen Glenn. She will be missed by all the horses, dogs and ducks.
Doodle was preceded in death by her husband Lake Everett Tate, Jr., a brother Richard Glenn and a sister Katherine Miller
Pallbearers will be Walter Matthews, Edward S. Robbins, Bob Butler, Dr. John Carter, Dr. Neal Clement, and William T. Johnson.