Leila Tate was born on March 31, 1916, in Daus, Tennessee. Shortly after her birth, she and her family moved to the Barker’s Cove area of Palmer, where she lived most of her life.
Leila married at age 14, and enjoyed being a wife and mother for 54 years. She had seven children – Mildred, Oscar, Willie, Johnny, Jerry, Don, and Elise. She has 26 grandchildren.
Leila, a clever homemaker, raised a garden for many years to feed and care for her family. She remembers a time when the only way to get around was by walking or by a horse-drawn carriage. Once, she walked all the way from Palmer to Chattanooga. She remembers the first car that came to the Palmer area.
Leila has witnessed many fantastic events over the years. Woodrow Wilson was president when she was born, and she has seen 16 other presidents during her lifespan. World War I was ongoing in 1916, the year of her birth. She witnessed the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the “Roaring Twenties.”
Leila saw the first man in space, the first man to walk on the Moon, and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She remembers the “Hippies” of the 1970s, and the “Yuppies” of the 1990s.
Many technological innovations occurred over Leila’s life. She witnessed the discovery of the gramophone, telegraphs, Motorola, the polygraph, the bicycle, motor cycles, airplanes, helicopters, telephones, television, the Model T Car, modern cars, frozen foods, the cell phone, motion pictures, the smart phone, computers and the internet, and the discovery of Double Bubble gum.
She witnessed the disaster of both World Wars, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the Holocaust, the death of Communism, Pearl Harbor, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Gulf Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. She made it through earthquakes, 9-11, Y2K, and saw the destruction of hurricanes Camille, Sandy, and Catrina. Leila is a survivor.
Beloved by both her family and her church family, Leila is a member of Barker’s Cove community church. She has lived a meaningful life, and touches the lives of everyone she meets. She says the most important decision in her life was to follow Jesus Christ and that she has a home in heaven when the Lord calls for her.