The Rev. Douglas Driver Tate Sr.


The Rev. Douglas Driver Tate Sr., 84, of Bagley, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at his home, with his family and friends surrounding him. He was born on Sept. 16, 1933, in Bagley, Ala., where he remained a lifelong resident.

As a young boy, he grew up helping his dad on the family farm, and spending a lot of time at the Birmingham Farmer’s Market selling the produce they raised. In 1951 he graduated from Corner High School, and continued farming with his dad after graduation.

In 1956, he met and married Peggie Ruth Davison, whose career was nursing. They were married for 44 years. She was the love of his life and his sole partner.

On March 16, 1965, his life made a drastic change, when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, and was later called to preach. In preparation for his preaching ministry, he attended the Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans. He began his ministry as pastor of Wyatt Baptist Church in Burnwell. He founded and built Burnwell Baptist Church (now Greater Vision Baptist Church). He also began a tent revival ministry, and traveled far and wide preaching God’s word. In 1974, God called him to build a new church. The church he founded and built was named Grace Baptist Church in Sumiton, Ala. He also had long running and successful radio and television ministries. He was also owner and founder of Tate Contracting Company.

“Brother Doug” was faithful, doing God’s work for 43 years. For any thanks he received, he always said “To God be the glory.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Roosevelt and Willie Mae Tate Sr.; his wife of 44 years, Peggie Ruth Tate; his son, Douglas Driver Tate, Jr.; his grandson, Jason Linn Huguley; and his brother, William R. “Bill” Tate.

Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Tate (Randy Huguley); daughter-in-law, Dana Tate Standridge (Robert); sister, Patricia Williamson; granddaughters, Jayna Dawkins (Jacobe), Katie Oates (Jeff), and Sarah Tate; great-grandchildren, Ezekiel and Jasolyn Huguley, Ruthie, Noah and Jonah Dawkins, and Caleb Oates; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held today, Nov. 21, 2017, from 6 until 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, from 1 until 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Sumiton.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church. Revs. Joel Carden, Jeff Oates, Andy Frazier, John Foles and Steve Knox will officiate. Burial will follow in New Horizon Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be expressed at

New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home, Dora; 205-648-2323