Tate Wood

Tate was a loving and giving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend who is missed dearly by all who loved him. He was passionate about NBA Basketball and NFL football, he loved buying and selling sports cards, fantasy football leagues and watching games. His favorite NBA player was Chris Paul and he loved Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. He played golf all through high school and enjoyed the game. He was always the life of any get together and enjoyed spending time with his many friends and family.

Tate graduated from Wylie East High School in 2015 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management was awarded posthumously in December of 2021. The last year of his college classes, he worked through as he was undergoing treatment; a testament to his grit and determination.

Tate was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction at age 22. He courageously battled through a major surgery and many treatments, ultimately losing his battle in July of 2021. Throughout his 2 year battle he was courageous and never gave up the hope that he would be healed. During Christmas time, in 2019, while receiving radiation treatment, Tate was given a stocking that was put together by the Rutledge Cancer Foundation. One of the items in that stocking was a portable speaker. It was his favorite thing, he loved music and it gave him peace and comfort to listen to it. That speaker is why his parents, Mike and Julie, work to give to RCF in Tate’s name, to give speakers, with a note on them that shares Tate’s story. Tate continues to inspire those who loved him as well as those who hear his story to be like him and love others well.

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