OBITUARY

Louis Edwin Gates Jr.

March 3, 1930June 10, 2019

Louis Edwin Gates, Jr., 89, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 10, 2019.

He was born in Asheville, NC and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology. After service in the Korean War, he had an illustrious career in the aerospace industry at Hughes Aircraft Company in Southern California. Lou was active in the Boy Scouts of America, having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and then volunteered for over thirty years with the the Ventura County Council. After retirement from Hughes, he helped in the restoration of the Stagecoach Inn in Thousand Oaks and also served with his wife Lynn at the Ronald Reagan Library In Simi Valley and at the Ronald Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara. He and his wife moved to Greenville, South Carolina four years ago and were members of Taylors First Baptist Church.

Louis is survived by his wife, Lynn, of 61 years, his son Robert Gates and wife Beverly, his daughter Heather McDowell and husband John, and one granddaughter Anna Lynn Gates.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the chapel at Taylor’s First Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina followed by service at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Visit the Mackey Mortuary online guest registry at www.mackeymortuary.com

Services

26 June

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Taylors First Baptist Church

200 West Main Street
Taylors, SC 29687

26 June

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Taylors First Baptist

200 West Main Street
Taylors, SC 29687

Memories

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Judy Brookshire Lynch

June 11, 2019

My parents Alvin and Bonnie Brookshire were glad to have had the opportunity to spend time with Louis over the last two months. He was always such a kind gentleman. They will miss having meals with him and sharing stories together. My brother, Bobby Brookshire and Gayle, and myself were also glad to have the opportunity to get to know Louis. He was a pleasure to be around and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Alvin & Bonnie Brookshire
Bobby Brookshire and Gayle
Judy Brookshire Lynch

Chris Mayo

June 11, 2019

I did not have the opportunity to know Lou for a great length of time, but in the time that I was able to spend with him he was gentle, kind, astute, and an overall joy to be around.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY