Tony Gates

Published 12:33 am Saturday, September 1, 2018

Tony Gates, 55, of Causey Avenue, Suffolk, transitioned Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Sentara Heart Hospital, Norfolk. He was the son of the late Enid Gates and Roland Gates Sr. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Antonio Gates.

Tony was a Suffolk High School graduate of the class of 1981. He retired in 1997 after 16 years to Cherry Point Naval Depot. He was a member of Total Transformation House of Praise, where he served as trustee.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Johnetta Gates; godson, George Gates Jr.; three brothers, Charles Gates (Thelma), of Gates, N.C., George Gates (Velma), of Suffolk, and Reginald Gates (Maryanne), of Greensville, S.C.; three sisters, Darlene Gates, Debbie Gates and Connie Holliman, all of Suffolk; three foster brothers, Andre Wilson, William Madison (Claudia) and James Brinkley; foster sister, Joanne Greene (Herbert); a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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A celebration of life will be held at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at Rising St. James Pentecostal Holiness Church. Pastor Glendell Whitfield will deliver the message of comfort. Pastor Robert A. Wilkins is host pastor. He will be laid to rest in Carver Memorial Cemetery. Professional services with dignity have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home Inc.