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Funeral services for Raymond Gates will be held 10:00 am Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe, with Rev. Paul Carter officiating. Interment will be at Rocky Branch Cemetery.
Raymond passed away on July 27, 2013, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
Raymond was a flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator during World War II. He flew 33 missions while serving his country in the Army Air Corp. Raymond was superintendent of pipelines for 39 years. He attended Good Hope Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for a number of years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Mary Elizabeth Gates; brothers, Robert "Dick" Gates, Ira Gates, Z. E. "Coot" Gates and sister, Evelene Tatum.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Walker Gates; daughter, Mary Mahgoub; and son-in-law, Amerr Mahgoub; grandchildren, Bassel Mahgoub, Faris Mahgoub, Samer Mahgoub, and Sarah Mahgoub; and honorary granddaughter, Catherine O'Bryant; brothers, Jack Gates and James Gates; sisters, Shirley Moncrief and Mary Lou Bollier; brothers-in-law, Aubrey Ray Walker and James Alfred Walker.
Pallbearers will be Jerrell Gates, Dusty Gates, Charles Gates, Ronald Gene Gates, Steve Walker, Ervin Tatum and Wayne Walker. Honorary pallbearers are his Sunday School Class and nephews.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the 5th floor staff and ICU staff at Glenwood Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Robin Sharp.
Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com
Kilpatrick Funeral Home
West Monroe, LA
Published in The News Star on July 30, 2013