Tommy Tucker Gates, Jr.

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Tommy Tucker Gates, Jr.

Denison - Our beloved Tommy Tucker Gates, Jr., of Denison, Texas passed away on September 14, 2021, at the age of 62 after a battle with diabetes and kidney disease. He was born on January 4, 1959 in Mount Pleasant, Texas to Tom Gates and Betty Ann Gates Ballew.

Tuck attended Denison High School and Grayson County College. As a young man he was employed by Creole Industries, traveling extensively in the U.S. and Malaysia. Afterward, he became a longtime employee of Oscar Meyer in Sherman, Texas until their closing. In his latest employment he was maintenance supervisor for Tanglewood Resort in Pottsboro, Texas.

For those who knew Tuck, he was smart, charismatic, with a contagious laugh and quick charm with the ladies. Tuck loved his family deeply, especially his children and grandchildren. He never met a stranger and made friends everywhere he went.

Tuck is preceded in death by his father, Tom Gates, stepfather John Ballew, and son-in-law Kiley Russell. He is survived by his mother Betty Gates Ballew, of Denison; his children Lizzie Gates Miller (Matt), of Southmayd; Trey Gates (Carter) of Denison; grandchildren Knox and Zane Russell; mother of his children Edie Gates of Florida; sisters Sarah Thiltgen (Roger) of Houston; Beth Bourland (Rex) of Comfort, Texas; stepbrothers Jeff Ballew of Goleta, CA and Jack Ballew of Austin, Texas; nieces and nephews Jenny Olofson (Jon) of Austin, Atlee and Canon Olofson, Stephanie Dupree (Scott) of Bartonville, Texas, Gates and Cohen Parker, Anna Bourland Coppock (Taylor), Casey Bourland, Matthew and Jackson Ballew. Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Whitesboro Health and Rehabilitation Center and Heart to Heart Hospice for the care and compassion they gave Tuck during his last days on earth.

Tuck is a donor to the UT Southwestern Medical Research Center Willed Body Program. His donation will be used to advance medical science, education, and training.

A graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to Meals on Wheels or a charity of choice.

Posted online on September 16, 2021

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Tommy Tucker Gates, Jr.

Tommy Tucker Gates, Jr.

Denison - Our beloved Tommy Tucker Gates, Jr., of Denison, Texas passed away on September 14, 2021, at the age of 62 after a battle with diabetes and kidney disease. He was born on January 4, 1959 in Mount Pleasant, Texas to Tom Gates and Betty Ann Gates Ballew.

Tuck attended Denison High School and Grayson County College. As a young man he was employed by Creole Industries, traveling extensively in the U.S. and Malaysia. Afterward, he became a longtime employee of Oscar Meyer in Sherman, Texas until their closing. In his latest employment he was maintenance supervisor for Tanglewood Resort in Pottsboro, Texas.

For those who knew Tuck, he was smart, charismatic, with a contagious laugh and quick charm with the ladies. Tuck loved his family deeply, especially his children and grandchildren. He never met a stranger and made friends everywhere he went.

Tuck is preceded in death by his father, Tom Gates, stepfather John Ballew, and son-in-law Kiley Russell. He is survived by his mother Betty Gates Ballew, of Denison; his children Lizzie Gates Miller (Matt), of Southmayd; Trey Gates (Carter) of Denison; grandchildren Knox and Zane Russell; mother of his children Edie Gates of Florida; sisters Sarah Thiltgen (Roger) of Houston; Beth Bourland (Rex) of Comfort, Texas; stepbrothers Jeff Ballew of Goleta, CA and Jack Ballew of Austin, Texas; nieces and nephews Jenny Olofson (Jon) of Austin, Atlee and Canon Olofson, Stephanie Dupree (Scott) of Bartonville, Texas, Gates and Cohen Parker, Anna Bourland Coppock (Taylor), Casey Bourland, Matthew and Jackson Ballew. Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Whitesboro Health and Rehabilitation Center and Heart to Heart Hospice for the care and compassion they gave Tuck during his last days on earth.

Tuck is a donor to the UT Southwestern Medical Research Center Willed Body Program. His donation will be used to advance medical science, education, and training.

A graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to Meals on Wheels or a charity of choice.

Posted online on September 16, 2021