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Noble Fire Department Says Final Farewell to Ex-Chief Tate

 James Ray “Jim” Tate, of Noble, passed away at his home with his family around him on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Noble, Oklahoma at the age of 61 years.


Jim was born December 30, 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to  Opal Ray and Verda Mae (Donnell) Tate.  He was raised in Oklahoma City and was a graduate of Capital Hill High School.  He then served in the U.S. Navy Seabee’s from 1973 to 1977.  On May 28, 1976, he married Mary E. Farley in Norman, Oklahoma.  That year Noble became their home. 


On November 20, 1980, Jim Tate joined the Noble Fire Department as one of its first full-time members.  On March 15, 2004, Jim took over the Department as the Interim Fire Chief, serving as Chief until stepping down November 17, 2004.  He retired from the Noble Fire Department on September 14, 2006, serving the City of Noble for over 35 years.


Bob Hall, Noble’s current Fire Chief said “Tate was the best Firefighter I have ever seen and I was lucky to get to work with and know him.”


The Funeral service was held July 30, 2015 at McMahan’s Funeral Chapel in Noble.  Chaplain Troy Wright officiated the service.  The Noble Fire Department served as his Pallbearers, loading the casket onto Noble Fire Department’s Fire Engine No. 2.  Engine No. 2 transported the casket to the Lexington Catholic Cemetery in Lexington, Oklahoma, where Jim is interred.