Mary Sue Davis Gates

January 6, 1927October 14, 2020

Funeral services for Mary “Sue” Davis Gates will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Dutch Fork Baptist Church. Visitation will be at 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Gates was born January 6, 1927, recorded as January 7, 1927, in Columbia, SC and passed away peacefully at home October 14, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Beech and Ellen Davis.

She is survived by one sister, Marjorie Padgett, and children, Peggy Brown, Dorothy “Dottie” (Gordon) Jones, David (Christy) Gates, Betty (Wes) Stillinger, Nancy Owen; eleven grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Herman Edward “Pee Wee” Gates; brothers, Dan Livingston, Henry B. Davis, and Raleigh T. Davis; sister, Valerie Pierce, and many cherished friends.

Mrs. Gates graduated from University High School and became a Registered Nurse, caring for patients at SC Baptist Hospital.

Mrs. Gates was a godly woman who touched many lives. She spent much time in prayer and Bible study. She was an active member of Denny Terrace Baptist Church for many years and Dutch Fork Baptist Church for the last 48 years.

Mrs. Gates cared deeply for her family and friends. She was devoted to her husband and loved him dearly. She taught her children to love and follow Jesus and to love others. She was admired as a godly example of a committed, loving wife and dedicated, compassionate mother. She enjoyed reading books, quilting, fishing, working crossword puzzles, singing hymns, and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Gates was sincerely loved.

The family expresses their deepest gratitude to Joanie Hood and Kathy Roland for their faithful support and friendship in providing their loving care to Mrs. Gates over the last several years. They are also appreciative of the services of Amedisys Hospice.

Pallbearers are grandsons, Edward Watson, Stephen Jones, Christopher Jones, James Gates, Tyler Stillinger and cousins, Nathan Rizer and Adam Rizer. Honorary Pallbearers are Doug French and Michael French.

The service can be accessed via livestream on the Dutch Fork Baptist Facebook page and Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel’s Facebook page.

Memorials may be made to Dutch Fork Baptist Church or Heritage Christian Academy in Lexington, SC.


  • Edward Watson
  • Stephen Jones
  • Christopher Jones
  • James Gates
  • Tyler Stillinger
  • Nathan Rizer
  • Adam Rizer
  • Doug French, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Michael French, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020


  • Burial ~ following service in the church cemetery

    Sunday, October 18, 2020


Mary Sue Davis Gates

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Vivian Renew Ermey

October 19, 2020

Dottie, Peggy and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of Sue's passing. She was a sweet sweet lady. I have so many childhood memories growing up in Denny Terrace. All were rooted in our many years at Denny Terrace Baptist Church. I wouldn't take anything for all those wonderful memories. God gave us such a strong foundation from Denny Terrace Baptist Church on which to build and live our lives by. Then when we moved to Dutch Fork Baptist Church what a blessing to discover that Sue and Pee Wee were there as well. I loved both of them so much! Can't wait to see them both when God calls me home. It is so comforting to know that they are now together in Heaven. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you as you go thru this heartbreaking time. May God wrap His loving, comforting arms around you in the coming weeks and months.

In Christian Love, Vivian Ermey

Kathy Roland

October 17, 2020

It was an honor to help take care of Ms. Sue. We made many great memories in our short time together. I’ll always remember and miss our “Wild Fridays”. We would go for a ride and get a treat, like ice cream or a milkshake. When we walked down the hall, holding hands, we would sing the hymn “I Feel Like Traveling On”. She had a kind heart and always put other’s feelings before her own. Ms. Sue expressed gratitude for every thing that was done for her, no matter how big or small. I have been blessed to know and grow close to this loving family. Ms. Sue is deeply missed.

Crystal Garcia

October 17, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. I remember the first time I met Mrs. Mary. I held her hand and she never let mine go. She made me feel so special! I knew right then, how Godly and loving she truly was. My prayers are with the family. Mrs. Dottie, Mr.Gordon, and Chris, I will be online to give my respect. Love you all!

Sandra Dickert

October 17, 2020

Peggy, Dottie, David, Betty, Nancy, and family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sue has gained her wings and heaven has gained a sweet, sweet angel.
Danny, Sandra, and Cannon Dickert

Freddie Harris

October 17, 2020

My best friend.I will always be grateful for the times we spent together praying for our families and many others.I look forward to the day I will see her again in heaven.

Phyllis Hand

October 16, 2020

My Mom was Aunt Sue's sister, Valerie Pierce, and because my Mom, Aunt Sue, Aunt Margie and Aunt Freda were so close, 13 cousins grew up spending a lot of time together! All the family were loving and close. When my family moved to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, we would come back every summer and visit everyone. My earliest memories of staying in the bus at the river and learning to swim and ski under the watchful eye of Uncle Buddy are so precious. Those fish frys with the daily catch were amazing. Aunt Sue always treated me like I was so special and Dottie and I were like sisters going on many childhood "adventures". Time and distance has kept us separated, but Aunt Sue and all the family will always have a special place in my heart. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the service live online and take my place with the family to say goodbye to a very precious, godly lady! Much love and prayers!

Barbara Stanley

October 16, 2020

It has been said that God brings everyone you meet in your lifetime into your life for a specific purpose - mrs. Gates gave me shelter showed me compassion and kindness when I was very young for this I will always remember her - she lived the finest example of a Christian life that I have ever had The pleasure of witnessing I know your blessings in heaven will be many you will be greatly missed here on earth

John Cerny

October 15, 2020

I fondly recall Mr. and Mrs Gates on the front porch of the river house. Pee Wee on guitar. They sang, " Put Another Log on the Fire". They're singing together now!

Christopher Jones

October 15, 2020

I love you grandma! You will be missed! I will cherish all of our memories and I will see you soon!

Cathy Stanfield. (Formally Owen)

October 15, 2020

Condolences to family and friends. Prayers lifted up for all of you as you go through this difficult time. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
My memories of Miss Sue and Mr Pee Wee are the fishing trips up at lake Wateree. Fun times had by all that went there. They treated everyone like family. They will be missed


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