Carl Douglas Gates

Carl Douglas Gates


May 31, 1926-February 14, 2013

"He makes his life a mission of service to family, friends, and country. He finds new ways to help his neighbors, installing a water heater for one, replacing a car battery for another, helping to dress an old friend suffering from cancer and supplying the neighborhood with vegetables from his garden." This quote comes from Carl (Pop or Poppy) Gates' nomination for 2002 Olympic Torch Bearer and sums up his life.

Carl was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and Naval Reserve and retired from NASA after 30 years of employment. He was a 1953 graduate of Athens College and a Master Mason and Shriner.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Athens. He is survived by his children, Amy (Rich) Caldwell, Horse Cave, KY, Doug (Betsy) Gates, Athens and Connie Gates, Huntsville; grandchildren, Sam (Kimberly) Gates, Athens, Alice (Chase) Allen, Birmingham, Sally (Steven) Cole, Bowling Green, KY, Caroline Gates, Athens; Great Granddaughter, Ann Adele Allen, Birmingham; Sisters, Lucille Hargrove and Iris (James) McIneer; brother, Howard (Geralda) Gates; a host of nieces and nephews; special friend, Joyce Mitchell; and care-takers, Laura and Elizabeth Gana.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian A. Gates; grandson, Mac Gates; brothers, Allen Gates, Mack Gates, Gerald Gates, and Byron Gates; and sister, Lorene Adams.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 17, 2013, at 4 p.m. at First Methodist Church, Athens. Visitation will be held 2-3:45 prior to the service at the Beasley Center.

Donations may be sent to McIntosh Stewart Gates Memorial Scholarship Fund, First Methodist Church, Athens.

Funeral Home

McConnell Funeral Home
1200 E Forrest St Athens, AL 35613
(256) 232-1515

Published in the Decatur Daily on Feb. 16, 2013