HOWARDVILLE -- Howard Gates, 79, died Nov. 16, 2008, at the Hunter Acres Caring Center in Sikeston.
Born Feb. 22, 1929, in Vardaman, Miss., to the late Dave and Eula Ezell Gates, he had been a farmer.
Survivors include: four sons and a daughter-in-law, Wavie C. Gates of New Madrid and King David Gates, Tommy Gates and Howard and Carolyn Gates Jr. of Carbondale, Ill.; two daughters, Mayquilla Squire of Detroit and Deloris Ann Gates of Carbondale; two brothers, Joe Gates of Howardville and James Earl Gates of Murphysboro, Ill.; one sister, Renia Anderson of Howardville; and 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from noon until time of services at 1 p.m. Friday at the Holy Temple Church in Howardville. The Rev. Leroy Reed will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid.
Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.