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Willis Gates Sr.

April 20, 1943 — December 5, 2018

Willis Gates, 75, of Elizabethtown, NY, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. He was born on April 20, 1943, in Elizabethtown, NY, and was predeceased by his mother Loretta Rivers and step-father Ray Rivers.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Edna Ives, from Keene Valley, NY, and his children, Brenda Hayes and her husband Mark, from Bristol, CT, Sharon Gilmore and her husband Joseph, from Fort Pierce, FL, Marsha Gates, Willis Gates, his son and Joanne from Keene Valley, NY, and Wendy Burnett, her husband Wayne, and their children from Cato, NY. Willis is also survived by his sister, Margaret McCoy and her husband Leslie, of Elizabethtown, NY. As well as his grandchildren, Adam, Emily, Ashley, Joe, Michael, Maria, Kaylee, Kate, and his two nieces, Angela Wallace and her husband Daniel, Charlotte McGinn and her husband Michael and great nieces Jenny, Leslie, Jessyka and her husband Cody and great nephew Jared.
A service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 17, 2018 at the United Church of Christ, 7580 Court St, Elizabethtown, NY. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 7521 Court Street, Elizabethtown.
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