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Richard Choate

Richard Choate

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012 4:00 pm

The Messenger 12.24.12

Mr. Richard “Red” Choate, 93, of Tiptonville died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at his residence in Tiptonville.
He will celebrate his 71st wedding anniversary in heaven with his deceased wife, Georgia. They were married on Dec. 21, 1941.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1919. He was a member of Wynnburg Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, was retired from Colonial Rubber and was a World War II veteran. He received numerous medals and a Purple Heart.
Visitation for Mr. Choate was held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Ridgely Chapel of Curry Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. Choate were held 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Ridgely Chapel of Curry Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Charles Southerland.
Interment followed in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Obion. Pallbearers were his grandchildren.
Curry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy Clayton and husband Gary of Ridgely and Betty Southerland and husband Charles of Union City; four sons, Thomas Choate of Hornbeak, Larry Choate and wife Elvie of Ridgely, Johnny Choate and wife Janice of Dyersburg and Jimmy Choate and wife Maudie of the Keefe community; 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and his care giver, Sue Pope.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgie Shanklin Choate; five sisters, Evelyn Cole, Margaret Carnell, Dorothy Cole, Genevieve Walls and Lydia Bray; two brothers, Claude Choate and Floyd Choate; his parents, George and Nancy Holder Choate; and one grandchild, one great-grandchild and a daughter-in-law, Margaret.
Online condolences are available on the funeral home’s website,

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