Donald Lee Gates was born on May 7, 1950, in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Len and Ruby Gates. He was the fourth child born to their union.
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Donald was educated in the Atlanta Public Schools System. He attended H.R. Butler Elementary School and David T. Howard High School.
Donald was a selfless and caring person. This was evident in the various organizations in which he was a superior volunteer. These organizations include: The Roosevelt House, Techwood/Clark Howell Homes, Community Friendship, Georgia Medical Foundation, E.M. Willoughby Usher’s Board, CFI Hoopsters Basketball Team, Walker Tabernacle Baptist Church, and Atlanta Public School among others. Donald was also a registered Georgia voter for over forty-years.
Donald entered into eternal rest on the morning of March 21, 2019. He enjoyed a life of friendships, trust, love, honor, and recognitions. His spirit will truly be missed.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Len & Ruby Gates; siblings, Hattie Floyd, John Gates, and Robin Gates; brothers-in-law, Reuben Floyd and Lewis Leslie; and sister-in-law, Betty Gates.
He leaves to cherish his memory, siblings, Len E. Gates, Bruce A. Gates (Sharon), and Travie G. Leslie; special friend & family, Patrice Rawls; ex-wife, Pam Gates; fourteen nieces & nephews, fourteen great-nieces & great nephews, five great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.