Bill Lee “Bowevil” Gates, age 78, of Double Springs, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
He was born March 14, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee to William and Obie (Cassie) Gates. He loved fishing, woodworking, hunting, cooking, and watching wrestling. Bill loved his family, especially his grandkids.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Nichols Funeral Home in Double Springs, where the service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial with military honors will be at Mount Ebron Cemetery. Brother Danny Page and Brother Randy Jones will officiate.
Bill is survived by his son, Doyal (Thora) Gates; daughter, Regina (Roger) Bard; daughter in law, Judy Gates; 11 grandchildren, Crystal Gates, Jeremy Bard, Jeremy Gates, Dustin (Destiny) Gates, Ryan (Cheyenne) Bard, Daniel Gates, Steven Hill, John Gates, Brent Gates, Brandon Bard, and Julie Gates; brothers, Mike Gates and Donald Ray Gates; sisters, Rosie (David) Rhodes, Mary Ann Linn, Ruth Ann Devenport, and Martha Sue Chavez; 6 great grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Pernie Gates; son, Randy Gates; father, Noah Gates; mother Obie (Cassie) Gates; brothers, Jimmy Ray Gates, Bobby Joe Gates, Charles Edward Gates, and Eugene Gates; and sister, Gladys Mai Beeson.