Shirley Musick Tate

September 8, 1936 ~ July 22, 2020 (age 83)


Sumter, SC…Shirley Musick Tate, age 83, beloved wife of the late Major Edward Tate, died on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at National Healthcare Sumter.

Born September 8, 1936 in Bloomington, IL, she was a daughter of the late George Musick and Sarah Brantley Musick.  Shirley loved to travel, especially to foreign countries, during her late husbands military career.  She had a special place in her heart for pets, especially her cats.  It was her love of antiques that drove her to open her own business.  She was the owner/operator of Estate Antiques on Broad Street in Sumter for over 42 years.  

She is survived by; a son, Steven Tate of Cayce; a life partner, W.G. “Bill" Skroch of Sumter and her special kitty, "Cozie".

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by; two sons, Gregory Tate and Dwayne Tate.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020, from 2:00-3:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.  Due to Covid-19, we ask that all who attend practice social distancing and follow all Covid-19 guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SPCA 1140 S Guignard Dr, Sumter, SC 29150.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Usah Lilavivat and his staff, Dr. Vijay Pinto and his staff, Dr. Howard N. Green and his staff,  the staff of Gardens of Sumter and NHC for their loving and compassionate care.
You may go to and sign the family’s guest book online.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Shirley Musick Tate, please visit our floral store.


July 25, 2020

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Bullock Funeral Home
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150

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