Evangeline Funeral Home

314 E Saint Peter St, New Iberia, LA


Clarence "Buddy" W. Tate

January 18, 1924January 4, 2020

NEW IBERIA – Funeral services will be conducted for Clarence W. “Buddy” Tate, age 95, at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at First United Methodist Church of New Iberia. His son, Rev. Darryl A. Tate, along with Rev. Scott Bullock and Rev. Greg Davis will officiate. Interment will follow at Holy Family Mausoleum with military honors being presented by the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia on Tuesday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The funeral home will reopen on Wednesday at 9:00 am until service time.

A native of Austin, TX and resident of New Iberia, Clarence W. “Buddy” Tate, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather, passed away at 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Lafayette General Medical Center, surrounded by his four children.

Buddy was born on January 18, 1924 in Austin, TX. Where do you start with almost a century of living? Daddy’s childhood was the depression years. At the age of twelve, he rode his horse for four days from Austin to Houston. Escorted through the downtown streets of Houston to Seabrook, where he lived with his Aunt Lucy to work in her nursery. He went to Webster High School. At the age of 16, Pearl Harbor was bombed. He entered the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, with his parents’ consent. Daddy was at four major campaigns, including, the pivotal battle at Iwo Jima- to be a part of the iconic- The Greatest Generation. Returning from the war, he received an honorary graduation diploma from Webster High School.

Daddy and Lela Mae Cox met at a weekly local dance and Mae was noted as saying, “Who is that good looking Marine?” “Buddy Tate.” Buddy would sell his two quarter horses and saddles to buy her wedding ring. They wed on July 20, 1946 at a little Methodist Church in Genoa, TX. Buddy, who was always a great cook, taught his new bride how to cook and they continued making meals for the rest of their time together.

Daddy soon went to work for Humble Oil for 20 years, Rowan Drilling Co. for four years, and Homco International for 20 years. His reputation in the Oil industry was highly respected, as well as his character and work ethics. Daddy was privileged to experience two flights to Washington D.C., one with LA Honor Air, where he was honored to lay the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. The second flight was made in 2017 with Brookshire Hero Flight. Through the years daddy was instrumental as a member of the Jacket Backers (now known as the N.I.S.H. quarter back club). He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of New Iberia and was a proud pilgrim at Cursillo #74. He was a member of the Marine Corps league- General Walter S. McIlhenny- Detachment #811, a lifetime member Jr. Vice Commandant, and a member of Verret-Bourgeois post #335. He also belonged to two WWII dinner clubs in Lafayette. One of his deep passions was his garden. Not only for his family, but in his generosity he shared with his friends. He maintained seven rows that were 40 ft. long, even while working full time off shore. He had a variety of vegetables, fruit trees and black berries. There was none better. Daddy was always loving, caring, and supportive; He was very sharp, witty, humorous, and his warm smile and the light in his face filled the room.

Regardless of where Clarence W. “Buddy” Tate was, he was always a Texan, a Texas Longhorn, and a Marine through and through.

He is survived by his four children, John W. Tate, Sr., Lonna Dean Tate Guyer and husband Edward, Rev. Darryl A. Tate and wife Carolyn, and Ronda Tate Trahan and husband Steven; grandchildren, John Wiley Tate, Jr., Rachel Kaye Tate Miller, Courtney Dawn Tate, Sean David Trahan, Shane Michael Trahan, Joshua Louis Trahan, Jennifer Jean T. Trahan, Misti Tate Maraldo, Emilie Mae Tate McKevitt, and Paul Michael Guyer; great grandchildren, John, III., Caleb, Rebekah, Sarah, Cody, Kiersten, Karleigh, Brennan, Chloe, Mia, Talan, Avery, Cole, Reid, Connor, Noah, Alec, Sabastiani, Christopher, Shelbie, Josiah, Jordan, Edward James, Jacob, Stephen, Linda, Mackenzie, and Aiden James; great great grandchildren, Gavin, Gwyneth, and Mazaek; brother-in-law, Ronald Douglas Cox; sister-in-law, Dorothy Tate; nieces, Leslie Cox, and Laura Cox; and nephew, Harry Glen Longford.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Lela Mae Cox Tate; parents, Elbert Maxwell Tate and Lottie Bell Menard Tate; siblings, Susie Rankin, Elmer Tate,Ruby Tate, Hilda Tate, Anna Belle Tate, and Margaret “Corkie” Tate, Gertrude Tate; daughter-in-law, Tanya Dawn Crossland Tate; grandchildren, Chandler Adam Tate and Edward James Guyer and his wife Dawn Theresa Guyer; and sisters-in-law, Ada Jean Cox.

Pallbearers will be Paul Michael Guyer, John Wiley Tate, Jr., Sean David Trahan, Shane Michael Trahan, Joshua Trahan, Robert Miller, Brennan Latiolais, and Bud Lee.

Honorary pallbearers will Rachel Kaye Tate Miller, Misti Tate Maraldo, Emilie Mae Tate McKevitt, Jennifer Jean T. Trahan, and Courtney Dawn Tate, and all of Mr. Tate’s great and great great grandchildren.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the entire staff of Lafayette General Orthopedic Rehabilitation 4th floor staff, Dr. Walter Brown, and all of the doctors, nurses, and CNA’s of Lafayette General.

To view the on-line obituary and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.


  • John W. Tate, Sr., Son
  • Rev. Darryl A. Tate (Carolyn), Son
  • Lonna Dean Tate Guyer (Edward), Daughter
  • Ronda Tate Trahan (Steven), Daughter
  • John W. Tate, Jr., Grandchild
  • Rachel Kaye Tate Miller, Grandchild
  • Courtney Dawn Tate, Grandchild
  • Sean David Trahan, Grandchild
  • Shane Michael Trahan, Grandchild
  • Joshua Louis Trahan, Grandchild
  • Jennifer Jean T. Trahan, Grandchild
  • Misti Tate Maraldo, Grandchild
  • Emilie Mae Tate McKevitt, Grandchild
  • Paul Michael Guyer, Grandchild
  • Lela Mae Cox Tate, Wife (deceased)
  • Rlbert Maxwell Tate, Father (deceased)
  • Lottie Bell Menard Tate, Mother (deceased)
  • Chandler Adam Tate, Grandchild
  • Edward James Guyer (Dawn Theresa Guyer), Grandchild (deceased)
  • Tanya Dawn Crossland Tate, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Susie Rankin, Sister (deceased)
  • Elmer Tate, Brother (deceased)
  • Ruby Tate, Sister (deceased)
  • Hilda Tate, Sister (deceased)
  • Anna Belle Tate, Sister (deceased)
  • Margaret "Corkie" Tate, Sister (deceased)
  • Gertrude Tate, Sister (deceased)
  • Ada Jean Cox, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Mr. Tate also leaves behind to cherish his memory, great grandchildren, John, III., Caleb, Rebekah, Sarah, Cody, Kiersten, Karleigh, Brennan, Chloe, Mia, Talan, Avery, Cole, Reid, Connor, Noah, Alec, Sabastiani, Christopher, Shelbie, Josiah, Jordan, Edward James, Jacob, Stephen, Linda, Mackenzie, and Aiden James; great great grandchildren, Gavin, Gwyneth, and Mazaek; brother-in-law, Ronald Douglas Cox; nieces, Leslie Cox, and Laura Cox; and nephew, Harry Glen Longford.

  • Paul Michael Guyer, Active Pallbearer
  • John Wiley Tate, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Sean David Trahan, Active Pallbearer
  • Shane Michael Trahan, Active Pallbearer
  • Joshua Louis Trahan, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert Miller, Active Pallbearer
  • Brennan Latiolais, Active Pallbearer
  • Bud Lee, Active Pallbearer
  • Rachel Kaye Tate Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Misti Tate Maraldo, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Emilie Mae Tate McKevitt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jennifer Jean T. Trahan, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Courtney Dawn Tate, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 8, 2020


Clarence "Buddy" W. Tate

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connie richard figueron

January 16, 2020


Celeste Griffin

January 7, 2020

Sean, I'm sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. My prayers go out to your family. I worked with you at Iberiabank. I also worked with Miss Mae at New Iberia bank. I used to love hearing her stories about Buddy and her family.

Richard Wright

January 7, 2020

Buddy was a great guy and one hell of a MAN. I enjoyed the times we worked together while he was a fisherman and I a young Texaco foreman. God bless his wonderful family.

Jim and Debbie South

January 7, 2020

Ronda and Steve:
Our hearts are sad as we share in your loss and we also share in the celebration of a life that guided and brought so much love to you, your family and friends. Our memories of the times together during the Hero’s Flight brings tears of joy and smiling faces that will live on in our lives forever. You have been truly blessed with grace that can only come from a strong beacon of faith, honesty and obedience. We honor the life of your “Buddy”.

Cynthia Elmer (Pellerin)

January 7, 2020

Lonna. I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing but from the obituary, I see that he lived a fruitful life.

I know that he taught you how to be the very compassionate person that you are. I have only fond memories of you in high school.

Midge Lopez

January 7, 2020

We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in peace.

Gary,Midge & Si Lopez

Rogers Romero

January 6, 2020

I met Buddy a few years ago at the Marine Corps League and was very impressed with his determination to stand on his own two feet while using his walker. He was always alert and friendly with all of the people that I have seen around him. He was a pleasure to be with. I was very impressed with his career in the Marine Corps. Buddy will be sadly missed by me and all members of the Marine Corps League here in New Iberia. Rest in peace my friend.


Grace Sheldon

January 6, 2020

Sorry for your loss,Uncle Buddy was my moms oldest brother .