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Ray ‘Yank” Gates

Ray ‘Yank” Gates, 82, Gray, entered into rest, Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.

He was a native of Federal, PA and had lived in Gray for many years.

Yank was a son of the late John Thomas and Ethel Baxter Gates. He was also preceded in death by one son, Raymond “Rock” Allen Gates, three brothers, Tommy, Ronnie and Paul Gates and one sister, Audrey Jones.

He was a retired crane operator and was a former employee of Clinchfield Railroad and CSX Corporation.

Yank was a US Air Force Korean War veteran and also served in Bitburg Germany. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed farming, gardening and watching football and the joy of his life was his wife, who he lovingly called “Flossie”.

Yank leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Queenie Cox Gates; his caregivers, Roger and Loretta Hartman, Gray, TN; one daughter, Debbie King, Gray, TN; three brothers, Arnold Gates, Joe Gates and his wife, Mary and Bobby Gates all of Pittsburgh, PA; four sisters, LaVerne Doven, Mary Jane, Linda Liberatore and her husband, Andy, Ruth Ann Gibson and her husband, Carl all of Pittsburgh, PA; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family will greet guests and share memories from 6-8 pm Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, Johnson City, TN. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:30 pm Friday from the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Service. Reverend George Winegar will officiate. Military committal service will follow at 1:45 pm at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN. Pallbearers will be Retired General Fred McCorkle, Floyd Austin, Danny Coffman, Gerry Gates, A. J. Liberatore and Marc Pugliano. The family wishes to express and special thanks to the Oncology, Radiology and Pulmonary doctors and staff at James H. Quillen VAMC for their kindness and care of Yank and his family during his illness. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the James H. Quillen VAMC Volunteer Services, P.O. Box 400, Mountain Home, TN 37684. Online condolences may be shared through Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423)610-7171 is serving the family.