Fred Murel Gates, age 76 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on January 2, 2013 at the Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma.
Mr. Gates was born in Greenwood, Arkansas to his parents, the late William Cleo Gates and Helen Marie Porter Gates. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas David Gates, Billy Eugene Gates, Richard Gates and Sylvester Gates.
He is survived by his loving wife Sandra Kay McClelland Gates of Manchester, TN; children, Leon Gates (Susan) of Altamont, TN, Freddie Gates (Sue) of Edmond, OK, Mary Collins (Robert) of Gordon, NE, Patricia Gates of Optima, OK, Robert “Bob” Gates (Virgie) of Manchester, TN, Barbara Brownell (Paul) of Agra, OK and Christina Thompson (Shad) of Lake Stevens, WA; sister, Purl M. Ramsey of Dallas, TX; four brothers, George Gates, William Gates, Charles Gates and Johnny Gates; 27 grandchildren; and 33 great & great- great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be conducted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the New Life Church, 2081 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester, TN.
Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN.