Duncan Lamar Gates
July 19, 1930 – June 6, 2018
BLUE SPRINGS – Duncan Lamar Gates died at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice on June 6, 2018, following an extended battle with melanoma. He was born July 19, 1930, to George W. and Effie Duncan Gates of the Pinedale community.
After attending Pinedale High School where he was a basketball standout and 1950 graduate, Duncan entered the Army in March of 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict until March of 1953 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. Upon return home he married his high school sweetheart Mable Myrick on April 11, 1953. They resided in various locales of Union County for the next few years before settling at their home in Blue Springs where they lived for the last fifty years. Duncan’s work consisted mainly of construction, especially concrete and carpentry work. He loved taking care of his property and family, gardening, raising catfish, and playing dominoes. As long as his health allowed, Dunk was a loyal Northeast Tiger basketball fan.
While a faithful member of the Wallerville Baptist Church, Duncan served for many years as a deacon and member of the building committee. He was also a member of New Albany American Legion Post 72, Pottery-Henry-Lowery, where he received the Malcolm Hickey Service Award in 2011 for sixty plus years of dedicated service to the post.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 12-2 pm at United Funeral Service with the funeral service at 2 pm. Rev. Ray Burks will officiate. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of sixty-five years, Mable Elizabeth Gates of Blue Springs; a son, Charles Anthony “Tony” Gates and wife DeLois Loyd Gates of Booneville; a sister-in-law, Hazel Davis of Tupelo; a brother-in-law, Cecil Smith of Ingomar; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jettie Mae Smitherman; five sisters-in-law; and six brothers-in-law.
Pallbearers will be members of American Legion Post 72.
The family would like to thank especially the North Mississippi Medical Center home hospice team of Shala Rucker, Karen Reid and De Foster for the exceptional care and support given to both patient and family during the months of Duncan’s illness. An expression of gratitude is also extended to all of the nurses, social workers, and staff who provided care during his final days in the Hospice unit at North Mississippi Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made to American Legion Post 72, Potter-Henry-Lowery, P. O. Box 547, New Albany, MS 38652.
In honor of Mr. Gates service to our great nation, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag for the duration of his services.