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Dorothy Ellen Womack Tate

October 3, 1941 ~ December 31, 2020 (age 79)


Dorothy Ellen Womack Tate, 79, of Bluffton, SC and formerly of Danville, VA passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on December 31, 2020 after a brief illness. Dorothy or “Dot” as she was known to most was born on October 3, 1941 in Danville, VA and spent most of her of her life there until relocating to Bluffton, SC in 2017. She was predeceased by her parents Martha Cecille Cox Womack and J.C. (Spinks) Womack.

She was a 1959 graduate of George Washington High School and a 1963 graduate of Longwood College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Dot was an educator in the Danville City Public School System for 32 years where she taught 4th grade at schools including Park Avenue Elementary, GLH Johnson and Glenwood Elementary. She was dedicated to her students and enjoyed preparing young minds for the future. It gave her such pleasure to see her students thriving as grown adults. Dot also served on countless committees within the school system and became a teacher evaluator later in her career. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Dot never met a stranger. She loved everyone and they loved her in return. She enjoyed being with her family and spending time at the beach. She will be greatly missed by her special lunch bunch with whom she shared years of laughter, funny stories and countless slices of pizza.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Louis Michael Tate. They were rarely apart and enjoyed so many activities together over the years making wonderful memories with friends and family. She is also survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Leigh Tate of Bluffton, SC and Lynne Michelle Saiz (Greg) of San Carlos, CA. Also surviving is her brother, Julian Carson Womack, III (Lorraine) of Danville, VA and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Sauls Funeral Home in Bluffton, SC on January 5th, 2021 at 2pm. The service will be live streamed below.

Due to Covid-19, masks and social distancing are required for the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Bluffton United Methodist Church, P. O Box 368, Bluffton, SC  29910. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Lowcountry Food Bank in Yemassee, SC.

The Live Stream will become available ten to fifteen minutes prior to the service time. The service will be live streamed below.


Graveside Service
January 5, 2021

2:00 PM
Lowcountry Memorial Gardens
90 Simmonsville Road
Bluffton, SC 29910


Bluffton United Methodist Church
PO Box 368, Bluffton SC 29910

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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