Johnnie Gates

Johnnie Gates age 80, of Atlanta, Texas went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in a Shreveport, Louisiana Hospital. Johnnie was born August 5, 1937 in Sikes, Louisiana to Jayson and Vetoile Gates who preceded him in death. As a young husband and father Johnnie built a career for himself by starting Gates Pest Control in Vivian, Louisiana. He raised his family and served his Lord for many years at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Currently he was a member of First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Texas where he served as a deacon. He was also very honored to sing with his Masters Men and First Praise Choir. He loved camping, fishing, and traveling whenever possible. He is survived by the love of his life for 60 years, his wife, Reba Adams Gates of Atlanta, Texas; two sons, Jerry Gates and wife Karen Harmier of Dallas, Texas, Terry Gates and wife Cathy of Benton, Louisiana; three daughters, Melinda Clark and husband Eddie of Kingwood, Texas, Tanya Gates Pounds of Kingwood, Texas, Sondra Ainsworth and husband Randy of Atlanta, Texas; a brother, Hollis Gates of West Monroe, Louisiana; three sisters, Barbara Smeby of West Monroe, Louisiana, Kathleen Sikes Bickmann of Marrero, Louisiana, Jeanne Wilson of Urania, Louisiana; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives. Funeral services were held 10:00 am, Saturday, September 30, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Atlanta under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service. Graveside service were held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, September 30, 2017, in Hurricane Grove Cemetery, Sikes, Louisiana. Guest registry is available at

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