Theodore was a kind and caring man, who gave the best kisses. He always said, ‘Where’s my Suga’. He always had time to listen and pray with people, he would welcome you in, offer you a beer and sit and crack a joke. You always felt loved after seeing him.
Theodore Gates, Jr of Dayton, Ohio went home to be with the Lord November 14, 2020. He was born March 2, 1933 to Nellie Mae and Theodore Gates, Sr. He is preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Mae, Father Theodore Gates Sr., sister Mary (O’Neal) Shyne, son Michael W. Peeks and sister in law Nina Gates.
Theodore was baptized at Zion Baptist Church on Sprague St. He graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio in 1951. Then he was drafted into the United States Army as a medic in 1953. He went on to work for the United States Postal Service for 33 years as a mail carrier.
He leaves to cherish his loving wife of 56 years Veronica Gates. Beautiful children Michele Peeks, Adrennia (Phillip) Kelly, Terri (Dennis) Gates-Spinks, and special daughters Jamie (Kevin) Watt, Denise Finley, Pam Wilson and Felicia (Jerry) Hill, brother Charles Gates of Austin, Texas. Four grandchildren Melita Peeks, Tamara Washington, Brandon Dawson & Terronica (Delvin) Perkins. Eight great-grandkids Niah, Jalynn, Jordan, Destini, Frederick III, Makenzi, Elijah and Delvin Jr.
Special cousins Peggy Johnson, James Larry Barnes, Delmar Barnes, David Williams, and his Atlanta, GA family. Also, a host of special nieces and nephews.
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