Joseph Gates

March 30, 1928 - Dec. 3, 2018

Joseph Emnlin Gates, 90, of Mount Calm, Texas, died quietly in his sleep on December 3, 2018. He was born on March 30, 1928 to John and Ruth Gates in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary Lou; sons, John, Tim and Brian; daughter-in-law, Joy; grandchildren, Merry and Ronan; and sisters-in-law, Eva Nell Morris and Hazel Gates; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Joe Gates was a U.S. Marine in World War II, a machinist, businessman, farmer, and rancher. He will be remembered as a hard-working, generous, and kind man, and for his skills as a competitive motorcyclist, trout fisherman, and beloved husband, father, and friend.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at First Baptist Church of Mount Calm, with The Rev. John Lawrence officiating.

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