• Striffler-Hamby Mortuary
    Columbus, GA
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
Carolyn Gates 1943 - 2014
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Sunday, August 31, 2014
To Carolyn's family we were sorry to hear about her passing. As the strong, caring and blessed woman she was, she will be missed by many. I will cherish the memories of our time together and thank God for her presence in my life. In the days ahead, allow the memories of Carolyn to bring you comfort, but better yet, cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you. Our prayers for peace, love and understanding go out to the family.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
To the Gates family, I am a stranger to your family but I took care of Mrs. Gates when she was a patient at St Francis. Occasionally a patient makes a lasting impression on us and that was Mrs. Gates. She was so kind and complimentary of our skills and our care. She had the ability to make everyone in the room feel special. We loved and admired her courage. You are in our prayers. Susan Harris
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Tom, you are in my prayers. The angels are watching over you,and now Carolyn has become one of those angels. She was a beautiful lady and I am glad that I had the opportunity to know her both as a student and as a mentor. She will be missed but never forgotten.
Monday, August 04, 2014
mrs ferguson was my school counselor at Spencer High ,when i had a problem she was always there rest in peace mrs ferguson so sorry for your loss may you find peace to the family.
Monday, August 04, 2014
So sorry to hear this yeah I was in her class at spencer.my prayer goes out to the family.
Monday, August 04, 2014
So sorry.
Monday, August 04, 2014
Condolences to Tom Gates and family. Carolyn was an exceptional lady. She will certainly be missed.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Our Deepest Sympathy…
Jim and Claire Pope
Friday, August 01, 2014
May the God of Peace bring healing and comfort to all of Carolyn's family and friends. Carolyn was such a loving and beautiful spirit.
Friday, August 01, 2014
My Life was enriched by God allowing me to have spent time with Carolyn - She was the epitome of love and grace - What a powerful woman
Friday, August 01, 2014
When the flame of a candle is extinguished we can not see it anymore but it still exists.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”- Psalm 91:1
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Dr. Gates was my high school counselor at Spencer High School and later my Director as a school counselor. What a classy lady! She touched my life and the lives of many others! She will be missed.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Please accept our deepest sympathies. We are so sorry to hear about Carolyn's passing. You are in our prayers. I feel proud and honored to have had her as a wonderful cousin. I'm also sad we aren't able to be there. Know we are with you in spirit.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
My beautiful Mentor/Lifecoach whom saved my life 13yrs ago Is now in heaven blooming & watching over my daughter & I. I will always cherish & share the mommories from the Tarven, to the Decoring of the weddings & BnB to the vanilla ice & apple pie we would sit eat on the front porch.
You will forever live on & I will make you proud and become the Educator/Counselor you always wanted me to be. Love you. Chey
Thursday, July 31, 2014
A beautiful, beautiful lady inside and out. Praying for you Tom and family during this time.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
I was saddened to hear of the passing of this gracious, beautiful lady. I knew Carolyn for many years as a passionate educator and more recently for her devotion to our community. I will be happy to make a donation to Feeding the Valley in her honor. God bless Carolyn's family during this time of sorrow.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
I am honored to have known such a wonderful lady. May God comfort you, Tom and family, during this time.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
God rest her and comfort you all. My life is so much the better for having had her in it. Sing out, Carolyn, sing out. The Choirs of Heaven must surely have a a new director. She was so much of a blessing to so many.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tommy, I am so sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I had the honor of working on a play with Lisa at The Springer when I was about 16. Lisa had a very positive impact on my life at a lonely time. I won't forget that, and my heart goes out to each of you during this difficult time.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tom, my heart goes out to you and all of Carolyn's family. She was one terrific lady and I cherish her friendship and memory.
Warmly, Carter
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Carolyn was a wonderful friend and beautiful person who will never be forgotten. My loving thoughts are with Tom and the family.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Carolyn was a classy lady in every sense of the word! She was a pleasure to work with at W.H. Spencer High School. She will definitely be missed.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Prayers for your comfort and sincere sympathy. I graduated with Carolyn from Morehead High School, Eden, NC. She had an amazing life and will always have a special place in our hearts.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I grew up with Carolyn and went all thru school together. A wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.Rest in peace my dear friend.
Brenda Purdy Hearne
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A piece of my heart went to Heaven on July 28, 2014. Carolyn was a true friend to me in every sense of the word. I will miss her deeply. Love & prayers to all in her wonderful family. Betsy
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Are thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Carolyn and the Tom Gates family. She was a true southern lady.

Brad & The Layton Family
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
We will remember Carolyn for her graciousness whenever we came to Columbus. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.She is an angel now who is with others we have loved and lost.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
So sadden to have lost such a wonderful woman! I learned a lot from Carolyn the past few years I was blessed to be her friend. What a wonderful true lady with dignity and composure like no other I have ever known. Truly and Angel her on earth and now an Angel in the Heavens.
I will miss you Carolyn!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A great lady and a wonderful friend at Spencer. Thanks for helping me over some rough spots. My life is better for having known you.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
We at Feeding the Valley express our deepest sympathy to Carolyn's family. We will remember Carolyn for her warm, engaging smile and her tireless efforts to improve her local community. You left the world a better place than you found it Carolyn. May you rest in peace.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Carolyn was inspirational to me at a time in my life when I needed hope. She modeled strength and courage and I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for her positive influence in my life.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Dear Tom and Family, It is with a very heavy heart that I found Carolyn's name listed in the Columbus obits this morning. Have known her for some years as we both worked at the Columbus Roberts Ctr. She was such a caring person and we both loved cats. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts. God Bless.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
We were sadden to hear of the passing of Dr. Carolyn Gates. Carolyn was a wonderful counselor and administrator. She helped to make a difference in the lives of many students in MCSD. Carolyn loved the counselors in the MCSD and the counselors loved her. She will be missed, but not forgotten.
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