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Visitation

Appalachian Funeral Services Chapel
Thursday November 21st, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Funeral service

Appalachian Funeral Services Chapel
Friday November 22nd, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Interment

Old Savannah Baptist Church Cemetery
Friday November 22nd, 2019
3:30pm - 3:45pm

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Donald Ray Gates

Donald Ray Gates, AKA , "Gator" or "Big D" Age 68,  of Sylva NC,  passed away, after a period of declining health, peacefully at home, Tuesday November 19th 2019. He was surrounded by family, and beloved cat Kitty Baby. In high school he played baseball, and later could be found at the softball field pitching or umpiring. He had a burning love for dirt track racing, and was an avid hunter. He always enjoyed supporting local turkey shoots. He retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation in 2013. He was a member of Locust Field Baptist Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Rosetta Carter Gates, daughter Christy Gates Clayton, son-in-law Quincy Clayton, and granddaughter Cheyenne Rose Clayton. He was preceded in death by his parents Ora and Charity Gates, and several half-siblings. Services at Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, NC are as follows: Receiving friends on Thursday, November 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and funeral  at 2:00 pm Friday November 22, with the Reverends Eddie Stillwell, Roger Stewman, Mike Farmer, and Austin Frady officiating. Burial will follow at Old Savannah Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers will be family members and special friends.

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Guestbook

Rosetta and family, So sorry to hear of Donald passing. Prayers will be with you all through this difficult time.

Lea Gates Nov 22 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Gates

Lea Gates Nov 22 2019 12:00 AM

Prayers for all of Donalds family. He was such a good man.

Beverly Gaddis & Jody Rhinehart Nov 22 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Gates

Beverly Gaddis & Jody Rhinehart Nov 22 2019 12:00 AM

Donald was a wonderful man and cousin or "cuz" as he called us. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.

Roger & Phyllis Stiwinter Nov 22 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and Prayers are with each of you at this difficult time.. Donald was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by many. Sherrill, Charlie, Jesse and Danny

Sherrill Crawford Nov 21 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Gates

Sherrill Crawford Nov 21 2019 12:00 AM

Rosetta and family,' I am so very sorry for your loss. Donald was a wonderful husband and father which leaves with you joyful memories. He will always be with you in spirit. Remember the wonderful times you had together.

Teresa Hooper Nov 20 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Gates

Teresa Hooper Nov 20 2019 12:00 AM

Prayers for all the family

Jill Cagle Nov 20 2019 12:00 AM

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