Gates, Randolph Keith "Randy" (Riceville)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Randy Gates
Randy Gates

Randolph Keith “Randy” Gates, 51, a resident of Riceville, Tennessee, passed away on Monday night, November 20, 2017 at Starr Regional Hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of McMinn County. Randy was of the Baptist faith and a member of East Niota Baptist Church. He was retired from the Cleveland City Police Department where he held the rank of Sergeant. Randy loved the outdoors and being with his family. 

Randy leaves behind to cherish his memory two sons, Brian Gates and Benjamin Gates, two daughters, Tiffany Gates and Mallori Gates, his father and mother, Ralph Gates and Bobbie Gates, sister, Hannah Davidson (Scott), grandchild, Bently Gates, nieces and nephews, Skyler Tilley, Savannah Davidson and Alexis Davidson, grandmother, Geneva Gates, numerous other extended family members and a host of special friends. 

A celebration of his life is planned for Friday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Companion Funeral Home located at 400 S White Street in Athens, Tn. The family will receive friends on Friday, from 5 p.m. until the service time. 

The interment and committal service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, in Niota Cemetery. The funeral procession will leave the funeral home on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial dontations be made to cover Randy’s medical bills and final expences. A tribute pay account has been created and dontations to the family can be made by visiting Randy’s obituary tribute page at 

You are encouraged to share a memory of Randy and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guestbook at Companion Funeral Home of Athens is honored to assist the Gates family with his arrangements

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