May 7, 1930 - August 3, 2021
Bill Choate, 91, died peacefully in Memphis, TN on August 3, 2021. Billy Joe Choate was born May 7, 1930 in Goodsprings, TN to Frank and Maggie Choat and had eleven siblings. Bill graduated from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN with a degree in music and then received his Master’s Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He served as Minister of Music for First Baptist Church Tahoka, TX, First Baptist Church Sweetwater, TN, Memorial Baptist Church Columbia, MO, First Baptist Church Greeneville, TN, Colonial Baptist Church Memphis, TN and First Baptist Church Kingston, TN. Bill often led choir tours across the U.S. Many former choir members credit him for providing them with the chance to travel the country. After retiring in 1995, Bill and his wife Dorothy led group tours of Europe, Alaska, and the Mediterranean. Together they loved exploring new cultures around the world. Bill is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Lee Trotter Choate. He was pre-deceased by his parents Frank and Maggie Tallent Choat as well as brothers Nelson Choate, Robert Choate and Ernest Choat and his sisters Martha Lou Armstrong, Arbutus Mayfield, Oveline Massengale, Daphne Blair and Joyce Culpepper. Survived by siblings Dan Choat, Pat Klein, and Gene Choate. Bill is survived by his children Bill Choate (Jennifer), Leslee O’Kelly, Kelley Aur (Didier), and Carole Blankenship (Jeff) as well as six grandchildren Hannah Choate (Austin), Molly Gaines (Ryan), Jonathan Aur (Brittany), Lee Blankenship, Celina Aur, and Joseph (Amanda) Blankenship. He was also blessed with three great grandchildren Alice Carr, Caroline Blankenship and Luke Carr. Bill is also survived by two sisters-in-law who live in Arizona, Benora James and Cindy Hall. A memorial service for the family will be held at a later date. The family wishes memorial contributions to be made to Carson-Newman University Advancement, P.O. Box 557, Jefferson City, TN 37760 or the National Association of Teachers of Singing, 9957 Moorings Dr. Suite 401, Jacksonville, FL 32257.
Bill Choate, 91, died peacefully in Memphis, TN on August 3, 2021. Billy Joe Choate was born May 7, 1930 in Goodsprings, TN to Frank and Maggie Choat and had eleven siblings. Bill graduated from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN with... View Obituary & Service Information
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