May 31, 1926 – February 14, 2013
Carl Douglas Gates May 31, 1926-February 14, 2013 “He makes his life a mission of service to family, friends, and country. He finds new ways to help his neighbors, installing a water heater for one, replacing a car battery for another, helping to dress an old friend suffering from cancer and supplying the neighborhood with vegetables from his garden.” This quote comes from Carl (Pop or Poppy) Gates’ nomination for 2002 Olympic Torch Bearer and sums up his life. Carl was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and Naval Reserve and retired from NASA after 30 years of employment. He was a 1953 graduate of Athens College and a Master Mason and Shriner. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Athens, Ala. He is survived by his children: Amy (Rich) Caldwell, Horse Cave, KY; Doug (Betsy) Gates, Athens, AL; and Connie Gates, Huntsville, AL. Grandchildren: Sam (Kimberly) Gates, Athens, AL; Alice (Chase) Allen, Birmingham, AL; Sally (Steven) Cole, Bowling Green, KY; Caroline Gates, Athens, AL. Great Granddaughter: Ann Adele Allen, B’ham, AL. Sisters: Lucille Hargrove, Iris (James) McIneer. Brother: Howard (Geralda) Gates; a host of nieces and nephews, special friend, Joyce Mitchell, and care-takers, Laura and Elizabeth Gana. He is preceded in death by: Lillian A. Gates (wife); Mac Gates, Grandson; Brothers: Allen Gates, Mack Gates, Gerald Gates, Byron Gates; Sister: Lorene Adams. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm at First Methodist Church, Athens, AL. Visitation will be held 2-4 pm. Donations may be sent to: McIntosh Stewart Gates Memorial Scholarship Fund, First Methodist Church, Athens, AL.
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February 18, 2013
I always looked up to Uncle Carl, he was a great role model. Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
February 17, 2013
sorry to hear about carl passing away. he was a fine man.
February 17, 2013
Best Uncle ever. What a wonderful role model our Unka Moe was. He told me "little girl you have to have a plan; you can change that plan, but you have to have a plan." Uncle Carl always encouraged me and I'm sure everyone who knew him. Wonderful memories and imprints into my heart. Lana
February 16, 2013
Thinking of you at this difficult time. We will cherrish all the memories of the Gates family and especially those shared on Suffield street. Prayers for all of you. Bill, Billie, and Suzanne Bass
McConnell Funeral Home
February 15, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.