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Donald Gates

Donald Lee Gates

Sunday, May 7th, 1950 - Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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Donald Lee Gates was born on May 7, 1950, in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Len and Ruby Gates. He was the fourth child born to their union.

Donald was educated in the Atlanta Public Schools System. He attended H.R. Butler Elementary School and David T. Howard High School.

Donald was a selfless and caring person. This was evident in the various organizations in which he was a superior volunteer. These organizations include: The Roosevelt House, Techwood/Clark Howell Homes, Community Friendship, Georgia Medical Foundation, E.M. Willoughby Usher’s Board, CFI Hoopsters Basketball Team, Walker Tabernacle Baptist Church, and Atlanta Public School among others. Donald was also a registered Georgia voter for over forty-years.

Donald entered into eternal rest on the morning of March 21, 2019. He enjoyed a life of friendships, trust, love, honor, and recognitions. His spirit will truly be missed.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Len & Ruby Gates; siblings, Hattie Floyd, John Gates, and Robin Gates; brothers-in-law, Reuben Floyd and Lewis Leslie; and sister-in-law, Betty Gates.

He leaves to cherish his memory, siblings, Len E. Gates, Bruce A. Gates (Sharon), and Travie G. Leslie; special friend & family, Patrice Rawls; ex-wife, Pam Gates; fourteen nieces & nephews, fourteen great-nieces & great nephews, five great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Friday, March 29th, 2019 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Herschel Thornton Mortuary
    3346 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30331
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 2:00pm
    Herschel Thornton Mortuary
    3346 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30331
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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