Glenn Edward Tate

May 1, 1956 - January 11, 2015
Glenn Edward Tate

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Glenn “Skip” Tate entered the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ January 11, 2015 at NHRMC in Wilmington, NC.

A celebration of Glenn’s life will be held at Myrtle Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 2 PM on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Memorial Service will be conducted by Rev. Steve Mattis. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Myrtle Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church – Glenn Tate Memorial. A special thanks to NHRMC – CCU for Glenn’s care.

Glenn was born in Dallas, TX, May 1, 1956. He was the son of Joseph Tate and Peggy McCain and is survived by his mother, his brother William Tate, his wife Nonie, and a niece, Rachel.

Glenn was in the US Army and spent over 21 years education US Special Operations personnel (Rangers, Special Forces, DELTA, SEALS, and police SWAT teams). He was body guard to US Army Special Forces Generals. Glenn was a high level trainer as a DOD Contractor training personnel in the French Foreign Legion, and British Commandos. Glenn served in Germany, Haiti, Bosnia, Austria, Iran, and Iraq. Lately Glenn had business as a personal defense instructor.

Glenn was a charismatic praise and worship leader who wrote several of his songs. His passion for Jesus was the core of who he was.

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  • October 27, 2022
    Gary S. says:
    I did not know Glen Tate personally. I am a knife guy from Arkansas, and was doing some research on the V-42 Commandos dagger from WW2 carried by the first "Special Service Force" group to ever exist called the "Devils Brigade" in 1942-1944. The Germans called them the "Black Devils" as was quoted in a diary of a German officer that was found on his dead body. They were highly feared by the German Army because they came into their camps silently under cover of darkness, and killed many of them. They were afraid to go to sleep at night because of this small handful of men. The dagger they carried was made by CASE and is one of the most sought after military collectors knives in the world due to the fact that their weren't that many of them made, and most have been lost or broken. The can bring many thousands of dollars in decent condition. Note that in Glens email to me that he said: "Did you know that a while back, I had talked with an original FSSF member?" (First Special Service Force)There was a large story write-up in I think Blade Magazine some years back showing who the man was. He was the last surviving member of the original Devils Brigade. Anyway I had seen Glenn's video on my internet search, and I contacted him. I only corresponded with him three times. Back in 2012 I sent Glen a reproduction V-42 knife. He was thrilled to receive it and emailed me a wonderful letter to express his thoughts about it. He mailed me a copy of his V-42 knife fighting video which I still have. Hope this isn't too long but I wanted people to see how precious this man was in his response to me... Glenn Tate Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM HEY GARY! YE-A-A-H-H and HooWAHH!! THANK YOU SO MUCH BROTHER!! :-)/\:-) high five I'm amazed at how tuned into The LORD you've been lately! WOW!! The 1st was when you sent an email about how to prepare better for a home invasion (which is a course I'll be teaching to some local churches starting in a couple of weeks)... the 2nd was the V-42 Knife... Hallelujah!! .... You didn't know it, but I had just recently been talking with The LORD about wanting another one because I had given mine to a friend (Special Forces/SOG VietNam Legend Gary ONeale), a few months ago. The thing is... I now have the designs completed for a new type of knife similar to that of the V-42. I've been kicking around with different ideas for quite some time, but now I've got it all worked out. HooWAHH!! So when you sent me the knife ... I just about went crazy! :-)/\:-) high five I was so excited I called my wife over, "...come here...Look..!" and as I opened the box we both saw a miracle answer to prayer sent through You! Hallelujah!! Thanks Again! I really enjoyed the mag article too! Did you know that a while back, I had talked with an original FSSF member? Yep... I met him at the Special Operations Symposium at Ft. Bragg where I was putting on Knife fighting demos and selling my DVDs. His name is Henley Woods and he really liked my ideas about fighting with the V-42 and liked my DVD so much, that he sent me a great endorsement! I have it listed first on the testimony page on the Combat Survival Skills web page. The 3rd... was today as I came into to the kitchen to write & send thanks to you... there you are in my inbox! That makes 3 times!! ... HooWAHH!! :-)/\:-) high five Hey Gary... may I ask you for some prayer? I am gonna be opening up a Self Defense School teaching to civilians her in the local area, and will be passing out flyers, brochures, ect, learning how to market it, ect... This is all new to me, and I'm going for it! HooWAHH!! I don't have even a hundred bucks in the bank and, less than 2 Gallons of gas... but I'm going for it Brother Gary! I got to thinking, "...what do I have?" Well, I've got real world skills and experience, and I love to teach and help people... so hey...why not use what GOD's given me? I don't know about how to get a school up, running and marketing, don't pretend to either!..'n I need all the help I can get! Ya know what I mean? I ain't got business smarts, but I can "shore larn!!" &lt):) cowboy Hahh! So... thanks for any and all prayers! Thanks Again Gary and, May GOD Bless You and Yours, Glenn Tate 910-399-5145 PS...Hey, what's your phone #? Attached is: * A pic of me and one of the Iraqi Commandos I taught in Iraq * My new LOGO for the school... hope ya like it! I never heard from Glen again after this. Some time later I emailed him again but never got a response back from him. I thought maybe he had been sent back overseas and couldn't respond. I have thought about him from time to time, but never tried to touch base with him again. I was lying in bed last night and kept waking up all hours and couldn't go back to sleep. All of a sudden the thought came into my mind that said, "Look for Glen Tate under obituary column on the internet". I did just now, and I found this information. Broke my heart. Now I know why I couldn't get hold of Glen and never heard from him again. Not sure what happened to him, but a truly great man...He was older than I realized. The pictures he sent me must have been some of his earlier years.

  • January 23, 2015
    Shirley says:
    A true man of God, he will be missed.

  • January 23, 2015
    Susan Smith says:
    Glen you will be missed by a lot of people.Thank you for giving me the honor to have met you and your kind words!Susan Smith RIP Glen!

  • January 23, 2015
    Jorge Rodriguez says:
    To My Dear Glen who I worked with and had great laughs with I will miss you Brother. Till we jmeet again Your Friend Jorge Rodriguez

  • January 24, 2015
    Tom A Hall says:
    Glenn will be missed by us all he had a wonderful way of touching each person life that he came in contact with. I send my very best to his family Thank you Glenn for all you have ever done it has had a lasting impact on the world. Tom A Hall PPS