Sherry Ann “Lady” Griffith Tate age 57 of Smithville, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019 in Oklahoma.

She was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 28, 1961 to the late Sherman Griffith and Naoma Griffith. Sherry was married to Jerry “Bear” Tate on February 28, 1980. She was proud of her Cherokee heritage. Sherry enjoyed singing, cooking and gardening with her family and friends. Above all she loved her family. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by husband: Jerry “Bear” Tate

Children: Joseph and wife Taleah, Heather, Ed and wife Kathy, Elizabeth, Robin, Carrie and Yvonne

Grandchildren: Marcus, Zach and wife Am, Ryan and wife Jackey “Sweetie”, Kevin and wife Morgan, Rachel, Jaden, Lea and wife Mallory, Sara and husband James, Jason and wife Kaylyn, Charlotte and husband Charles, Jayme, Trevor, Ryan, Christopher and wife Tiarcie, Tyler, Doug and wife Sarah, Kaycie, Katy, Tristian

Great-grandchildren: Brody, Amelia, Eleanor, Honity, Joshua, Trinity, Jocelyn, Tamraine ,Tatum, Levi, Jonnah, James and Lenore

Sisters: Janie, Deanne and husband Walker, Norma Kay, and Mary Ann

Brothers: Tom and wife Sue, and Ed

Host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sherman and Naoma Griffith, and her sisters, LaVerne and Nancy Carol.

Mrs. Tate was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.


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11-1-19 12:02 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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