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Charles David Gates, 79, of Raceland, KY, went to be with the lord on August 6, after a short illness.
Charles passed away peacefully at Hospice of Ashland with his wife at his side.
He was born in Ashland, KY, on July 14, 1938, to the late Harold and Sara Katherine Gates. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Katherine Blevins Gates; Stepson Gary Hopkins; five sisters, Mary Harrison, Ruth Heston, Betty Mattox, Louise King, Barbara Coleman; three brothers, Richard Gates, Harold "Bud" Gates and John Gates.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lillian Schneider Gates; Son, Scott and Leslie Gates of VA., StepDaughter Jodi Riggs of Philadelphia; Granddaughter Hannah Gates; StepGrandchildren, Matthew and Lindsay Riggs, Wendy Patterson; a sister, Carole Kay Elloiott of Savannah, GA.; a special friend, Sandra Justice of Raceland; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Charles was retired from United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 577 of Portsmouth, OH, and in the past owned Rail City Furniture Store in Russell, KY.
He was a member of Local order of Moose lodge 1753 of Okeechobee, FL., and Sons of American Legion 0043 of Raceland, KY.
Charles enjoyed spending winter in their home in Okeechobee, FL., going to the flea markets, yard sales and traveling with his wife.
Visitation at Evans Funeral Home, Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. for friends and family.
Funeral Friday, August 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Russell, KY.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Coal Grove Nazarene Church or Hospice of Ashland.
Published on August 7, 2017
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