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John Henry Gates, Sr. age 66 of Bandy, VA died Friday, May 12, 2017 at Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital in Tazewell, VA. He was born August 31, 1950 at Cedar Bluff, VA and was a son of the late James Willis "Jim" and Bertha Mae Horn Gates. Mr. Gates was a veteran of the United States Army. He enjoyed raising fresh vegetables in his garden, planting peach trees and collecting coins and stamps.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, John Gates, Jr.; two sisters, Nancy Burnett and Nora "Tea" Lester; two brothers, an infant brother and George Gates.
Surviving family members include his daughter, Beth Vandyke of North Tazewell, VA; his son, Matthew J. Gates and wife, Amanda of North Tazewell, VA; special friend, Elizabeth Asbury; two sisters, Catherine Bowling of Mudfork, VA and Lois Gillespie of North Carolina; four brothers, Doug Gates of Mudfork, VA, Lewis Gates and wife, Vernie of Adria, VA, Billy Gates of Charlotte, NC and Gus Harris of Belfast, VA; eight grandchildren, Jonathan Gates, Shannon Gates, Sheena Gates, Abigail Gates, Jacob Gates, Peyton Gates, Autum Vandyke and Natalie Vandyke; a host of other family members and friends also survive.
Funeral services for John Henry Gates, Sr. will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, VA with the Rev. Doug Bowman officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Military rites will be conducted by members of the Barns-Beavers VFW Post #7136 in Tazewell, VA.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA is serving the family of Mr. Gates and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
Published on May 16, 2017
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