About Us | Tate Mortuary

History & Staff

Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

100k
legacies honored
77
years in business
300k
moments remembered

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

The original building of Tate Mortuary was constructed during the late 1800’s and was the home of LeGrande Richards. It was then bought from the Richards Family by Earl Christensen who operated a mortuary at that location for several years. He later sold it to Herbert Smith, who continued the mortuary business.

LaVar Tate and his wife, Mildred, purchased the mortuary from Mr. Smith in 1942. Soon after, the back area of the facility was remodeled, and a new preparation room installed. Years later, the front portion of the mortuary was remodeled to include a new viewing room and chapel for small funerals. In 1996 Tate Mortuary underwent a major expansion and renovation project to modernize the facility and make it more functional and convenient for today’s families.

Earl and Margie Tate continued on with the mortuary’s legacy. Earl literally grew up in the funeral home. He has memories of taking down Christmas right after presents were open to prepare the salon for viewings. Earl has an eye for detail, and would make sure quality and care were always priorities of Tate Mortuary.

Beginning in 2018, Cole Houghton and his wife Lindsey, purchased the mortuary from the Tate Family. Cole began working for the Tate’s at the age of 12, and through their example and professionalism, Cole was able to learn and continues to provide the level of attention and service families have come to expect from Tate Mortuary.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Cole M. Houghton

Cole M. Houghton

Funeral Director/Certified Crematory Operator/Owner/Manager
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Earl L. Tate

Earl L. Tate

Funeral Director/Advisor/Past Owner
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Daniel P. Call

Daniel P. Call

Funeral Director/ Pre-Need Counselor/ Previous Manager
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Shirley N. Oltmanns

Shirley N. Oltmanns

Office Manager
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Boomer Benson

Boomer Benson

Funeral Assistant
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Jed Colovich

Jed Colovich

Licensed Funeral Service Intern
John Sherwood

John Sherwood

Funeral Assistant
Jerry Houghton

Jerry Houghton

Funeral Assistant
Ann Cluff

Ann Cluff

Office Assistant
Alison McCoy

Alison McCoy

Licensed Funeral Service Intern
Carissa Henson

Carissa Henson

Family Service Counselor

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