Hazel Ophelia Colvin Tate "Big Mama", age 98, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020 peacefully at her home in New Orleans, LA. Hazel was born to the union of the late Minister James Edward Colvin, Sr. and Ollie Bell Farley of College Park, Georgia. James Edward Colvin Jr. and Samuel Farley were Big Mama's brothers. Although separated shortly after the death of her parents, she later found Samuel and was able to spend his final years with him. This reunion brought her a significant amount of Joy. She entered marriage to Jeffrey "Babe" Tate. To this union four children were born, Jeffrey Tate, Jesse Tate, Hilda Tate and Walter David Smith. In addition to her parents, Big Mama was also preceded in death by husband, Jeffrey "Babe" Tate Sr; children, Jeffrey Tate, Sr., Jesse Tate, Sr., Walter David Smith, Sr; both brothers, James Edward Colvin, Jr. and Samuel Farley. Big Mama is survived by her only daughter, Prophetess Hilda Levy/Nana Maat, as well as six generations of grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Big Mama loved Chrishell Lewis like a daughter. Their special relationship spanned nearly a half century. Chrishell will miss Big Mama greatly. During the final years of her life, her grandson, Herman Levy, III cared for her with much love. She was a faithful member of Sixth Union Baptist Church and later placed her membership at Greater Saint Stephen Full Gospel Church. She loved singing in the choir, reading her Bible and Daily Word, working crossword puzzles, taking pictures of family and friends and watching game shows. As the family Matriarch, Big Mama will be dearly missed by family, friends and those who knew and loved her through the many years that God loaned her to us. Until we meet again, we will continue to hold you close to our hearts. A Memorial Service honoring the life of Hazel Colvin Tate will be held in the Chapel of Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 1 PM. Due to Covid 19, Everyone in attendance is required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.
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