Samuel W. Gates
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Samuel W. Gates "Coach Gates", age 74, passed away October 3, 2018. He was a graduate of Froebel School class of 1963. Affectionately known as Sam or Coach Gates, he participated in basketball and baseball as a Blue Devil. After graduation, Sam was enlisted in the US Army where he served in the Vietnam War. Sam volunteered and coached at Midtown Biddy Basketball and Tolleston Little League Baseball. He is one of the Pioneers for AAU basketball in Northwest Indiana. Sam coached Northlake (Netbusters) 1992-1995, Northlake won back to back State AAU Championships 16 under (1994) and 17 under (1995). Sam later joined the Spiece Gym Rats Organization (Spiece Northwest Stars), where he won numerous titles. Sam taught the game the right way. Through his coaching and mentorship many young men were able to receive basketball scholarships. He was preceded in death by his parents Erskine and Mary Elizabeth Bogan Gates; Wife Jacquelyn D. Gates; Brothers, James Gates, Leon Gates, Erskine Gates, Alphonsia Gates, J.C. Gates, Sisters, Georgia Tipton, Mary White and Thelma Malrey. He leaves to cherish his memory: Beloved wife, Barbara Gates of; children, Anthony (Felicia) Gates, Cecilia Gates and Samuel (Brianna) Gates, Godson Arthur (Kelly) Gates, two Mothers in Law, Mattie Rhenwrick, and Earma L . Byndum, Brothers Jimmie Lee Gates, Robert (Mildred) Gates; Sister Islean Hunter; Sisters-in-law, Johnnie Ruth Gates, Diane Gates, Angelic (Erik) Bailey, LueRetha (Martin) Booker, Evelyn Rhenwrick, Gwen Rhenwrick, Michele (Eugene) Thomas, Brenda Byndum, Rhonda Byndum and Latanya Byndum; Brothers-in-law, Lafrance Rhenwrick, Clyde (Angie) Byndum Jr., Bernard Byndum of , and Jerry (Gloria) Dozier, dearest grandchildren LarRay Short (Ray), Anthony Gates II (Boss), Kayla Malone (Pooh) and Samuel Gates Jr. (Red); a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation Friday, October 12, 2018 from 12-8:00 p.m. Family hours 6-8:00 p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Ave. Funeral service Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 1917 Carolina Street, Rev. W. N. Reed Officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery.



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Published in Post-Tribune from Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, 2018.
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October 30, 2018
Andre Manson
October 30, 2018
Missing u my dear cousin. Will always cherish the love and memories i had with u. Rest in paradise and tell my mom, granny, and miss gates i said heyyy and see yall when i get there. Save me a spot next to yall
Andre Manson
October 16, 2018
Albert Chester Jr. Froebel 1964
To the Gates my loving regards and prayers go out to you and your family. Sam is special in my heart and a good life time friend. We did our last six months in Fort Hood Texas together and Sam's memory's will always be in my heart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do9Z2Nb9UGk
Albert Chester Jr
October 16, 2018
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Albert Chester Jr.
October 15, 2018
Coach was a good man. Old school taught my generation in the 80's about discipline & respect. Really appreacite the blueprint he laid down for myself and other Biddy Basketball legends to abide by. Give you his shirt off his back . Love goes to his family , and his three children, he will be missed but never forgotten .
Dee Bruce
October 14, 2018
i MET COACH GATES WHILE WORKING FOR SPIECE GYMRATS. HE WAS ALWAYS ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITES! GOD BLESS YOU AS YOUR MOURN HIS LOSS.
Robyn Davis
October 13, 2018
It is with deepest condolences that I write this reflection on behalf of my family. Unfortunately, I'm unable to be there in person today to celebrate the life of Uncle Sam but our thoughts and prayers are with the family. To the entire Gates Family, we send nothing but love and support to you during this difficult time. To my 1st cousins, BJ, Cee Cee and Tony, we pray for continued strength during this time and hope that the memories you've shared with your father bring happiness to your heart as I know I will reflect on the good times I had with him. I will always remember our summer visits to Gary IN, watching Uncle Sam coach many young men on the basketball court and baseball field and playing in the yard and trying to keep up with our big cousins. He has been there to support my brother and I as we have become men, husbands and fathers. He was a coach, father figure and downright Cool Dude. I'll cherish the memories forever. With love.
Nick Rhenwrick

Wife Aria, Daughter Aubrey, Son Nolan, Brother Nate and Mother Gwendolyn.
October 12, 2018
Can't express in words what Sam and family meant to my husband the late Coach Charles Bly, Troy and I. The Gates family is part of our family. Charles and Sam shared a special bond on and off the courts. The AAU State Championships were special, but not as special as the friendship, love, respect and honor they had for each other. BJ, Cee Cee and family may the God of all comfort strengthen you now and in the days ahead. We love you dearly.
Loretta & Troy Bly
October 12, 2018
Tony, CeeCee BJ our condolences to you and the entire Gates Family.
We were saddened and still in disbelief to hear of Sam's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.
Love always The Shivers Family
Shivers Family
October 12, 2018
Saddened to hear of Sam's passing. May the Lord strengthen and comfort the Gates Family. Rest In Peace, Sam.
Joan McDaniel Williams and Family
Joan McDaniel Williams
October 12, 2018
To Bj, and Cee-Cee and the rest of the Gates family, my condolence to you all in the lost of your Father and brother . Sam was a very good man. He will truly be missed. Love you guys.

Rick and Nookie
Larethia (Nookie) Carter
October 12, 2018
To Barbara Gates and the Gates family
Wishing you peace to bring you comfort during this time
Courage to face the days ahead and
Loving memories of Sam to forever ever hold in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your friend, Mardia Turnbo
October 12, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Charles Strickland (Strick)
October 11, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Horace Matthews
October 11, 2018
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Patricia C Fox
October 11, 2018
With sincere condolences to
Cecelia and the entire Gates Family. Praying God'speace and comfort be felt throughout this time of bereavement.
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Ernestune May
October 10, 2018
Sorry to hear the passing of my cousin Sam...R.I.P
Kimberly Hodges Millard
October 10, 2018
Please accept my heartfelt condolences to the Gates famiy & friends for your immeasurable loss of your dear beloved. Losing a loved one in death is never easy. One day many will have the opportunity to live again. May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time (John17:3).When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace.
LD ' Rex, Ga.
October 10, 2018
Your parents would be proud of your strength and of you showing showing God's love through exclusiveness. I pray that God meets your family at their needs and provides peace.
Michelle Lyttle
October 10, 2018
My condolences to the family
Fredricka Hall
Houston,Texas
October 10, 2018
To the family of Coach Gates. REMEMBER COACH AS GREAT MAN AND COACH. MY SON PLAYED FOR HIS AAU SPIECE TEAM. WE R SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.
Gail Terry
October 10, 2018
Rest in peace Samuel until we meet again.

Ralph & Elois Garner
Ralph Garner
October 10, 2018
My condolences to the family. I pray your strength in the Lord. May God give you peace.Cousin Sam will surely be missed. Hope you find comfort in the memories that were made. I love you all.
Barbara Bogan Maeweather
October 10, 2018
To my beautiful family, although I cannot be there with you, I am always with you, I have the greatest family(ever to me)I am so proud to be a first cousin to the Gates, stay strong as you always do in times like this, bless all of you.
Olivia Moore
October 10, 2018
My Prayers and Love are with you always. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal. Much Love
Cremola Carter
Cremola Carter
October 10, 2018
What manner of man is this? One who so lovingly gave of himself. Truly caring for family and friends. Your strength and wisdom will be the legacy we draw from in the days and weeks to come
Evelyn Rhenwrick
Evelyn Rhenwrick
October 10, 2018
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
October 10, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Evelyn Adkins
October 10, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bernard Cooper
October 10, 2018
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Lourdes Marzan
October 10, 2018
Thank you so very much for all of Lessons that you taught me as a young Man growing up in Gary, Indiana because I always still USE those methods as of today. You made a very Strong Impact on my Life growing up and I really appreciated it so very much. May Almighty GOD Bless you,and all of your Loved Ones for all of what they did for me growing up as a young Man....
Richard L. Shivers, Jr.
October 10, 2018
My sincere condolences.
Farris Powell
October 10, 2018

"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid.
- John 14:27

Gates family may the Lord comfort your hearts and minds as you all mourn the transition of a "Giant" who definately left an unforgettable legacy. Enough cannot be said, of him, as a good man. Hats off to a life well lived.
Min. Carl Gary
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