Billie Joe Gates, 70

Billie Joe Gates, 70, passed away Monday, September 23, at the Lexington V.A. Medical Center.

Born August 20, 1949 in Nicholas County to 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 sons Eugene (Sarah) Gates and William Gates; brothers Eddie (Geraldine) Gates, Doug (Lois) Gates, Jimmie (Pat) Gates, David (Annie) Gates and Rickie Gates; a sister, Georgia Gilvin, and 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 were on Saturday at Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home by Jason Anderson.

Burial with military honors followed in Longview Cemetery at Bethel.

Casketbearers were Todd, Darrin & Daniel Gates, Greg Gilvin, Keith Herron & Jim- my Dale McCann.

Honorary pallbearers were Phillip Daniels, Tyler Downs, David, Christopher, Austin, Justin & Christian Gates, Ronnie Small, Jerry Smith and Wayne Tapp.