RALEIGH — Bladen County’s Fred Tate, who has served as treasurer of the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina for more than 30 years, was awarded the highest honor the association gives at the recent Joint commodities Conference held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park.
Denis Waller, a Wayne County farmer and awards chairman, presented the award to Tate. Waller was elected vice-president of the Corn Growers Association at this meeting and Wade Byrd of Bladen County was elected president.
Tate served most of his professional life with Wachovia Bank working in Kinston and New Bern before settling in Elizabethtown and serving as manager of Wachovia for many years. After he retired from Wachovia Bank he started his own company, First Investors Mortgage, where he handles all different types of loans and has been chosen at times by the state to handle disaster funds after hurricanes or floods.
Awards Chairman Waller said Tate takes his work as treasurer of the Corn Growers Association very seriously looking after the funds and letting the Board of Directors know at any time the financial situation of the organization. Waller said, “we know he spends many hours looking after the funds of the corn growers and our board finds him invaluable. We just want him to know how much we appreciate him his expertise and his hard work.”
Tate is a native of Forest City and graduate of Wake Forest University. He and his wife Dora are active in their church and community. He is presently serving on the Airport Economic Development Commission.