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Billie Joe Gates, 70, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Lexington V.A. Medical Center.
Born August 20, 1949 in Nicholas County to the late Eugene Daniel & Gladys Johnson Gates, he was a U. S. Army veteran of Vietnam, a retired employee of Midwest Gas and was a longtime farmer.
Surviving are 2 sons: Eugene (Sarah) Gates and William Gates; 5 brothers: Eddie (Geraldine) Gates, Doug (Lois) Gates, Jimmie (Pat) Gates, David (Annie) Gates and Rickie Gates; a sister, Georgia Gilvin; and 4 grandchildren: Zachary & Raelyn Gates and Michael & Matthew Amann, along with several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Melanie Gates, a sister, Melanie Rachel Gates, and a brother-in-law, Billy Ray Gilvin.
Services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday at Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home by Bro. Jason Anderson. Burial with military honors will follow in Longview Cemetery at Bethel.
Casketbearers will be Todd, Darrin & Daniel Gates, Greg Gilvin, Keith Herron & Jimmy Dale McCann.
Honorary bearers will be Phillip Daniels, Tyler Downs, David, Christopher, Austin, Justin & Christian Gates, Ronnie Small, Jerry Smith and Wayne Tapp.
Visitation will be after 5:00 P.M. Friday.