James Franklin Gates, 80, of Galax, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in the Forsyth Medical Center.
He was born in Washington County on March 19, 1933, to John Walter and Alta Myrtle Moore Gates.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Wolfe Gates of Galax; daughters and son-in-law, Louise Bryant of Galax and Cathy and Jeremiah Edwards of Cary, N.C.; five grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Sheffield of Glade Springs; a brother, George Gates of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at the Fairlawn Church of Christ at 7 p.m. with Nathan Crowe officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Holston Home For Children, P.O. Box 188, Greeneville, Tenn. 37744 or to the Masonic Home of Virginia, P.O. Box 7866, Henrico, Va. 23231.
A guestbook is available online at www.vaughanguynn.com.
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.