Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC


David A. Gates

May 30, 1944July 2, 2019

Little River, SC

David A. Gates, 75, passed away at his home July 2, 2019. Originally from the New England area, David resided in Little River, SC for the past 30 years. Born on May 30, 1944 in Attleboro, MA, he was the youngest child of the late George H. and Daisy O. (Nichols) Gates. Mr. Gates served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps. He had a variety of occupations throughout his life; however, he was most passionate about his role as an electrician. David enjoyed watching sports and old movies, chatting with friends at the local pub and dog-sitting his favorite pups, Joe and Roxy.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Peter Kratimenos, his grandson, Alex Kratimenos; his son, Justin Gates, and close family friends, whom he considered family, Sandra Colborn, Cyndee Colborn, Jon Dowell and Billy Ferguson. He is also survived by his sister, Loes Hemmeler, and brothers, George (Sonny) Gates and Thomas Gates and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Harold, and his sisters, Nancy and Janet.

Per his request, no services will be held. In honor of David’s love of dogs, donations can be made to: Animal Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach - https://humanesocietynmb.org/give/

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Shelby Thomas

July 7, 2019

Jerry and I have fond memories of Dave and we will miss him and his often humerus way of expressing himself! And his love of a cold beer!
Jerry Phillips and Shelby Thomas

Stephanie McDuffie

July 7, 2019

Dave was a staple at Daddios! I knew him before I worked at Daddios as Grumpy Dave and he always called me kiddo. He always hassled me about the lights being too bright. I will always make sure the lights are dimmed at 4 pm for you my friend. R.I.P and fly high buddy.

John Henriksen

July 6, 2019

I met Dave several years ago at Cotes 19th Sports Bar in Little River. Since then, we become good friends. My wife, Eileen, tried to get him odd jobs so he could make a few extra dollars, while he was still able. I always looked forward to finding him sitting at one of the various pubs so we could chat about politics or Yankees baseball. Although many, lovingly, called him Grumpy Dave, he had a very good heart and truly cared about the people around him. He also had a great love for dogs and became the favorite doggie daddy for my two little ones. RIP Buddy! I'm going to miss our chats.

Randy Atwood

July 5, 2019

I knew Dave for over 20 years, he followed me in my music for a long time even in the old Poo's days he loved brooks and Dunn, neon moon. you will be greatly missed. thank you for your years of support, I know you are free from pain and at rest. you will be greatly missed. RIP MY FRIEND

Sherry Bewley

July 5, 2019

We are sorry to hear this. Dave was a favorite friend at Daddiios/Karma when we were in town. We are glad we got to see him in June. RIP Dave you will be missed. Prayers to your family.

Lynn Moxley

July 5, 2019

I remember the good times at our family reunions. Rest in peace Uncle David till we meet again on the better side of life.