Eddy Gates
Colvin Funeral Home
2010 Murchison Rd.
Fayetteville, NC
Eddy Rae'Laurin Gates

September 26, 1995 - June 2, 2016


Eddy Gates, U.S. Army Fort Hood, TX - Ms. Eddy Rae' Laurin Gates, 20, passed away on June 2, 2016 in Fort Hood, TX. She is the beloved daughter of Marlene J. Strongs (Benjamin) of Dunn, NC and Deacon Eddie R. Gates (Gwendolyn) of Charleston, SC; sister of Darryl L. Snipe of Ocean Side, CA, Anstrice Epps (Randell) of Raeford, NC, Quinn Williams (Orlando) of Savannah, GA, Dominque Robinson of Houston, TX, Tracie Strongs of Fayetteville, NC and Deja R. Shaw of Huntsville, AL; granddaughter of Eddie and Willie Faye Gates of North Charleston, SC, Ernest and Jean Carter of Hampton, VA, Joyce Strongs of Newport News, VA and the late Abie and Queenie Jenkins of Hollywood, SC. A visitation will be held Saturday June 11th from 6 until 8 p.m. at Colvin Funeral Home & Crematory (2010 Murchison Rd., Fayetteville, NC). The funeral service will take Sunday at 2 p.m. at Kingdom Impact Global Ministries (2503 Murchison Rd., Fayetteville, NC). Burial will take place on Monday June 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in North Charleston, SC. Friends may visit the family at their place of residence. Donations may be sent to the youth Department at Kingdom Impact Global Ministries; 2503 Murchison Road; Fayetteville, NC 28301 in Memory Of Eddy Rae'Laurin or flowers to Colvin Funeral Home; 2010 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 488-6047.
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Published by The News and Observer on Jun. 10, 2016.
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Colvin Funeral Home
2010 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC
Funeral service
Kingdom Impact Global Ministries
2503 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, NC
Sunset Memorial Gardens
2915 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC
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Colvin Funeral Home
Sponsored by Her Loving Family #Gatesstrong.
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As each day goes by my daughter, I miss you more and more! I will always love you my sweet daughter you left me oh! to soon but God knows everything and does it well until we meet again love father
Eddie Gates III
Eddie Gates
May 28, 2019

Ida M. Worix

Posted Thu June 09, 2016

To the family:
"Remembrance is love's greatest gift"! I am at a lost for words in light of this "sudden" lost of life! As a former neighbor of Marlene and one who befriended her in earlier times in Charleston, my deepest sympathy and my faith in God who makes no mistakes will see all of us through this. Weeping may endure for a night, but "JOY" comes in the morning!

Keeping you in my prayers,
Ida M. Worix and family
Ida M Worix
June 30, 2016

Homer and Liz Spaulding

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Eddy. From a fellow US Army family we salute Eddy and the other Service Members that were taken at such a young age.
God Bless.
Homer and Liz.
Homer Spaulding
June 30, 2016
Salley Palmer (Bell)

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of PV2 Gates. As a former co-worker and friend of Marlene (Trident Technical College), I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers.
Sally Palmer
June 30, 2016

Charles Gili

We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Gates Family know that we are sending a small donation to the Youth Department at Kingdom Impact Global Ministries in honor of Eddy Rae'Laurin Gates US Army Private. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charles Gili
June 30, 2016
Eddie Gates
June 28, 2016
eddie gates
June 27, 2016
eddie gates
June 27, 2016
I remember this little girl, coming in St.John Church with her Mom and Dad..then I remember her Dad, Eddie singing , Praise Is What I Do.She and her Mom sitting in the audience.. at this time I would like to send my condolences to the Family..And if you remember the song..Praise is what I do..it says even when I'm going through...Mrs. Marlene and Mr.Eddie, I'm sending up a
Veanna Jones
June 27, 2016
Ms. Eddy Gates, Your Life Has Been Tragically Cut Short.You Will Be Accepted With Honors Into Your Unit In Heaven. Will Be Looking Forward To Meeting You In The
"Final Role Call"!
Sgt Wayne Swan USMC
Vietnam Vet 70-74
Sgt. Wayne Swan
June 27, 2016

I am sorry for your loss.
We Patriot Guard Riders in New York gratefully acknowledge Eddy's service, and stand in honor of this true American patriot and hero.
May she rest in peace.
Wayne Cohen
June 27, 2016
You have touched so many lives sweetheart you we're my church family at coveant love... i know you wasnt done with your work on earth but God said otherwise and i hate that... i miss you hun..watch over us
Briana Williams
June 27, 2016
I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. I was heartbroken when I heard of her passing. She will always be remembered as a sweet respectable young lady. I will cherish the memories that I have of Laurin. Heaven has definitely gained an Angel.
May God Bless and comfort the family as we all go through this sad time in our lives.
Dravonya Shaneka Lee
June 27, 2016
Condolences to the family of Ms. Gates. Your fight for your country is over, now join our Heavenly Father for eternal peace.
paul Gray Munay
June 27, 2016
We were deeply saddened to learn of your loss and extend our sincere condolences to the family.

Our prayer is God will comfort you in your time of sorrow, and you remain in our thoughts.

We are grateful for your service to our country.
Ben Kinlaw
June 27, 2016
I offer my sincere condolences to the family. I know she was a beautiful girl inside and out. Her smile would light any room. She's back with our father in his loving arms. Another angel soaring high. Rest in Paradise. -Tamica McNeill & Family
Tamica McNeil
June 27, 2016
From the Fenton family to the family of gates we are truly sorry for your loss. She was a amazing soldier with a bubbly personality and as veterans we salute her for her time served in the army and she will be remembered and missed
Jimmy Fenton
June 27, 2016
Eddie Gates
June 23, 2016
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June 23, 2016
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June 23, 2016
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June 23, 2016
Eddie Gates
June 22, 2016
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June 22, 2016
Eddie Gates
June 22, 2016
Angels always return to heaven .Blessed to have met her . God be the glory . Psalm 91. Brandon josh jordan Franks
Brandon Frank's
June 19, 2016
To the family of Pvt Eddy R. L. Gates, May God Bless you and Give you strength. My deepest sympathy to you all. Liz McCants and Josh Hollington.
June 16, 2016
I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Pvt. Gates. My name is Lt. Randy Sipley, I work for the Ft. Hood Fire Dept., My crew was first on scene that day. I want you to known that I thank your daughter for her service, protect the citizens of the greatest nation on earth. I want to say that your daughter was never left alone, I was there with her the entire time, I said a prayer for her and ask prayers be sent to the family. Again, please accepted my condolences, she truly was a beautiful young lady. God Bless you all.
Randy Sipley
June 12, 2016
Rest in Heaven Lauren and thank you for your selfless service. To the Gates and Strongs Family, I pray God provide strength and comfort you during your time of bereavement. Lauren is smiling down from heaven. Smile Back.

Benny and Kathy Jackson
Yorktown, VA
June 12, 2016
To Deacon Eddie Gates and family.
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot Heal. Know that you are indeed in our hearts and prayers today, tomorrow and forever. continue to do the work of God and know that Rae'Laurin is ok. So sudden but God is still awesome through this.

We love you,
Victor and Moneicia
Victor McKelvey
June 11, 2016
To Deacon Eddie R. Gates and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Psalm 30: 1-12
Krendra McNeil
June 10, 2016
To Deacon Eddie R. Gates and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Psalms 30
Krendra McNeil
June 10, 2016
My deepest sympathy.
Sh'Kur Francis
June 10, 2016
Rip thanks for your service
Meggett family
June 10, 2016
Marlene so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Joan Green Hewlett
June 10, 2016
Bernice Rowe Beckett
June 9, 2016
Gwen and Eddie-
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and always, family. We love you!
Paula, Lillian, and Ruby (Hartsfield Family)
June 9, 2016
Her service to our country will never be forgotten. Keeping her family in our thoughts and prayers. Blue Star Mothers of America - Houston Texas Chapter
Beth Durham-Gillett
June 9, 2016
My deepest heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to this entire family. Eddy's memory will never be forgotten. My condolences go out to all who will miss her.
Carolyn White
June 8, 2016
I am so sorry Marlene. God is surrounding you right now. Stay with Him. I love you and am praying hard for you.
Melanie Blythe
June 7, 2016
So Sorry for your lost
tyler wade
June 7, 2016
To Deacon Eddie Gates & Family.

Praying for you and your family. "Keep looking to the hill from whence cometh your help..." - Psalm 121

Deacon Emeritus Joshua Taylor & Family
June 7, 2016
To Deacon & Sis. Eddie Gates & Family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of bereavement. One day we will see our loved ones again who sleep in Jesus. I Thess. 4:13-18

Mr. & Mrs. Theodore (Yvonne) Brown of Baltimore, MD - (Son-in-law & Daughter of Deacon Emeritus Joshua Taylor)
June 7, 2016
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Cheryl Pratt
June 7, 2016
June 7, 2016
To the Family of Pvt. Gates,

Sorry for your loss. Another fallen comrade at such a young age. I hope you find comfort in her precious memories. The days ahead will be difficult, but in time you will learn to accept her passing but you will never forget her. I served 20 years active duty in the US Army as an Officer and my heart breaks for Pvt Gates and the other soldiers that loss their lives in this unfortunate tragedy.

Cynthia Garrett Harris
Lieutenant Colonel(Retired)
United States Army
(Formerly of Charleston, SC)
June 6, 2016
Marlene and Family, so sorry for your lost.This is very hard , but try to remember God is on your side and he will see you thru this.love, Laverne.
Laverne Rudolph
June 6, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. A life so young, gone so soon. May God give you strength during your time of bereavement. We will continue to pray for your family.
The Harper Family
June 6, 2016
Heaven just welcomed another angel.
Angela Bass
June 6, 2016
Mr. Eddy,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this most difficult time. May God give you comfort in knowing that your daughter is in his loving care. Lean on his everlasting arms.

LaKisha and Teresa White & Family
Candi Rollerson
June 6, 2016
Marlene, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We Love you.
Gladys&Donald Faison
June 6, 2016
Gwen my heart breaks for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers for the strenght you need in the days and weeks to come. Please let me know if there is anything at all I can do. Love Janie
Janie McGuire
June 6, 2016
To Eddie, Marlene & Family!
We're so sorry for your loss,Praying hope, love and healing to sustain you.
With Deepest Sympathy
Moses & Pansy McCray
Arlington, Virginia
June 6, 2016
My Prayers goes out to the entire gates family.
Barbara Nathaniel Duffy
June 6, 2016
May GOD lift this family & carry them through this
difficult time. I Pray for your strength & blessings.
Please accept my Sincere Sympathy for your loss
Of your Beautiful Daughter !!
Brinkley & Phyllis Moore
June 6, 2016
With gratitude for the service and ultimate sacrifice. may your memory forever be a blessing to your family and loved ones.
Sonya Livingston
June 6, 2016
My heart goes out to you and your family. Prayers always.
Joyce Whitehurst
June 6, 2016
To the family of Eddy Gates, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your daughter.
Sherrell Nelson
June 6, 2016
Lauren you will be missed, take your wings and fly away where there no harm nor hurt where your landing.
Love the Irby family, Monica ,Lavelle and Jordan.
Monica Murphy-irby
June 6, 2016
Oh Gwen. My heart goes out to you all. Although I never had the chance to meet your beautiful child,I know the kind of person she must have been from knowing you. May God lift you up once again to give you and your family the strength you need. Your friend in Christ. Becky G
June 6, 2016
Rest Little One. You're an Angel now.
Melanie Wise
June 6, 2016
So sorry for your lost..
Nicole Curry
June 5, 2016
Thank you for your service...

Rest in paradise. ...
June 5, 2016
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