SSG Sheldon L. Tate, 27, departed this life Tuesday, July 13, 2010 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit. A native of Sumter County, he was a son of Walter and Valerie Moore.
Staff Sgt Tate joined the United States Army October 18, 2001, where he served as a food services specialist. His first reassigned was in Darmstadt, Germany. He deployed to Iraq for the first time from October 2003 to February 2004. In April 2004, he was reassigned to Fort Stewart, GA and deployed to Iraq again from January 2005. In July 2006, he went to Fort Bragg and was assigned to 782nd Brigade Support Battalion. He deployed with the unit to Afghanistan from March 2007 to April 2008 and stayed to deploy again in August 2009. His Awards and Decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism with Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his parents, Valerie (Walter) Moore and Reginald L. (Trina) Tate; a sister, Ebony Shaunte Moore; his wife, Marion Tate; one daughter, Kiante’ Nevael Tate; three step brothers; one step sister; his grandparents; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members and dedicated friends.
Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 p. m., Friday, July 23, 2010 at Dorchester Funeral Home, 7842 East Oglethorpe Highway, Midway, GA.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a. m., Saturday, July 24, 2010 from the Marne Chapel, Fort Stewart Army Base, Fort Stewart, GA.
Interment will be 4:00 p. m., Saturday, July 24, 2010 in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.