John Howard Tate

While 75-year-old John Tate spent most of his childhood in Arkansas, the military took him away for a majority of his adult life to places all over the country and even the world.

After retiring in 1992, he didn’t think he would settle in The Natural State. In fact, he retired in El Paso, Texas. It wasn’t until a visit to his mother’s home in Camden and a reunion with his college sweetheart at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) that he realized Pine Bluff was a place where he could retire.

“I had never planned to move back to Arkansas, but I love it—I love the hospitality, the people and the environment,” Tate said.

Since relocating to Pine Bluff, Tate has become an active member of the community— turning up regularly at city council meetings, for example—while also actively enjoying the area’s amenities. He’s an avid fisherman and occasional photographer, and you can always find Tate and his wife Kwurly at UAPB sporting events.

“We have been blessed and God has been good to us, and what we try to do is pass it on and try to encourage other people to pass it on as well,” he said.

“I love the potential that Arkansas has. I don’t think we’ve yet developed to our full potential. But, we are working on it.”

Insider Knowledge

Where to eat:

  • Harbor Oaks Restaurant
  • Pine Bluff Colonial Steak House
  • Pine Bluff Lighthouse Restaurant - White Hall
Be sure to do this:
  • Arkansas Railroad Museum - Pine Bluff
  • University Museum & Cultural Center - University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Best local events:

  • Smoke on the Water BBQ & Music
  • Festival - Pine Bluff - (September)
  • Music on Main - Pine Bluff - (Monthly)
  • Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends - Pine Bluff - (December)
Advice for moving here:
  • Bring positivity to our city. If you do, you will receive it, as well.