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Bobby Gates

August 26, 1946 — December 10, 2015

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Bobby Joe Gates

Wrens, GA  –              Bobby Joe Gates, 69, loving husband of the late Betty Louise Abernathy Gates, entered into his eternal rest Thursday, December 10, 2015 at his residence.

Bobby was born to the late Dorothy Lee Turner Gates and the late Jeffrey James Gates in Augusta and was raised in Burke County.  A carpenter by trade, he traveled the southeast framing houses and apartment complexes. His favorite pastimes were fishing and riding motorcycles. Bobby was a happy-go-lucky person who was always in good spirits and had a generous nature about him, helping others whenever and however he could. He loved his family and friends and treasured the time spent with them.

Bobby is also preceded in death by his grandchildren, Joseph James Gates and Emily Abigail Delacruz.  Survivors include his children, Barbara Jean Gates (Fermin Delacruz) and James “Jimbo” Gates (Teresa); six siblings, Marion Gates, Charles Moxley, Billy Moxley, Johnny Moxley, Patsy Gates and Mary Jo Gates; two grandchildren, Amanda Gates (Dwayne Hills) and Fermin Delacruz-Gates; four great grandchildren, Zykendria Gates, Zamiah Gates, Z’Aysia Gates and Za’Quavious Gates; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.


He Is Gone

You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
Or you can be full of the love that you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close  your min, be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want:  Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

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