Ricky Kates

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Ricky D. Kates

SALISBURY - Ricky Dale Kates, 56, of Salisbury, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at his residence.

He was born April 18, 1958, in Yancey County, the only son of the late Janette Gillespie Kates and Richard Kates.

Ricky attended schools of Yancey County. He was a caregiver for several years and was Christian by faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his niece, Kimberly Cook.

Left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Donna Charlton of Mocksville and Margaret Bostian and husband Mike of Salisbury; two nieces, Laura Charlton and Beth Coffey; nephews Justin Kates, Joshua Cook, Christopher Cook, Adam Cook and Benjamin Kates; two great-nieces, Claire Hester and Emily Hester; four great-nephews, EliJah Joyner, Noah Cook, Gage Cook and Jacob Cook; and his special companion of 14 years, his dog, Debo.

The family will scatter Ricky's ashes in the mountains of North Carolina that he loved so much.

Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Kates family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com
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Published in Salisbury Post on Aug. 30, 2014