William Allen "Bill" Gates, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, died on February 21, 2013.
Bill's life was defined by fierce loyalty and abiding devotion to his family, friends and faith. There was no favor too large or sacrifice too significant for Bill when a need arose among his loved ones or even acquaintances. His affection for those around him was the inspiration for his sense of humor and good-natured teasing, but no one who knew Bill ever doubted the deep well of generosity that was the essence of his character. And there was no truer friend in a time of need.
Bill loved the Braves and UTC basketball. He was never happier than when he could volunteer at church where he served as Treasurer for 30 years or Sertoma where he was an Honorary Life Member. The Speech and Hearing Center occupied a special place in Bill's heart and he particularly enjoyed his time as a volunteer there. He remained vigorous even as he grew older, snowmobiling in Yellowstone and shooting his age on the golf course into his 80's. And he was never too old to jump into the swimming pool with one of his grandchildren. His recollection of names and the important concerns in the lives of the people he met was a reminder of the depth of his care for those around him.
Bill attended Central High School, and the University of Chicago before serving his country in World War II. He worked in management at Container Corporation of America in Chattanooga and Memphis for 25 years before owning Gates Signal Garden restaurant and then became partners in a bookkeeping firm in Chattanooga. His work ethic was unmatched and he was a role model for honest and forthright relationships throughout his career. But even more important was the way his 63-year-long marriage to Helen, who preceded him in death in March of 2012, served as an example of lifelong commitment and unwavering love to his family and friends.
Bill is survived by his son, George Gates and his wife, Nora; daughter, Anthie Sutterfield and her husband, Al; son, Mickey Gates and his wife, Carol; and daughter, Emilie Evans and her husband,Keith. In addition, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren all had a place in Bill's heart.
Pallbearers will be Woody Atchley, Mark Atchley, Dan Atchley, Ronnie Evans, Hank Evans, Dan Gates, Ron Lee, George Sloan. Honorary pallbearers are Nicholas Kalanzis, George G. Ellis, and William L. Brown.
The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at Alexian Inn (old hotel) at Alexian Village on Signal Mountain with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 722 Glenwood, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. with the burial following at National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 722 Glenwood Ave, Chattanooga, Tn. 37404.
Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.