He was the son of the late Lois Phillips Gates and Leonard Gates. He was also preceded in death by his niece, Nancy Arp. He enjoyed walking and he loved to work on cars. He attended the Baptist church.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Gates, of Cleveland; his stepdaughters: Angie Beavers, June Montgomery and Janice Settlers, all of Cleveland, and Claudine Montgomery of Georgia; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sisters: Edna Ballew and her husband, Wallace, of Cleveland, Barbara Ellis and her husband, Thomas, of Birchwood; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
The Remembrance of Life Memorial service will be held this evening, Jan. 4, 2013, at 6 from the Wildwood Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Rev. Jerry Herron officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 this evening at the funeral home.
The Memorial book may be viewed and signed at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.