Gates, Nancy Jean (Cleveland)

Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Nancy Jean Gates, 69, lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away January 3, 2022 at her residence, surround by her family. She was born May 1, 1952, to Cyrus and Clemmie Buckner, and of the Baptist faith. Nancy loved her family with her whole heart and will be greatly missed. She loved to paint flowers and miscellaneous pictures. Nancy loved sewing and was very creative.

In addition to her parents, Nancy is preceded in death by her siblings, Pamela Buckner and brother, David Buckner.

She is survived by her husband, Taylor Ray Gates; son, Jason Ray (Alaysa) Gates; daughter, Roxanna Joann (David) Sanford; siblings, Marvin Buckner, Sandra White, Gail Williams and Kenneth Buckner; and grandchildren, Sierra Cheyenne Sanford, Matthew Alexander Sanford and Liam Russell Glenn.

The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Companion Funeral Home, followed by the service in the chapel at 2 p.m. Samuel White will officiate the service, and the burial will be held at Pine Hill Cemetery, McDonald.

Villareal, Hermilo Jasso (Cleveland)

Brown, Kenneth Eugene "Kenny" (Decatur)

Hicks, Melissa Faye (Cleveland)


Hermilo Jasso Villareal, fondly referred to as Papa by everyone in the family, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Hermillo was a God-loving individual and a bishop of the Church of God for ... (click for more)

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Melissa Faye Hicks, 57, of Cleveland, passed away on May 15, 2022. She was born on Feb. 9, 1965 to the late Henry and Wilma Hawkins. Melissa was a lifelong resident of this area and she was a ... (click for more)



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Villareal, Hermilo Jasso (Cleveland)

Hermilo Jasso Villareal, fondly referred to as Papa by everyone in the family, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Hermillo was a God-loving individual and a bishop of the Church of God for the last 50+ years. As an incredible risk taker, and he was able to accomplish most of his dreams. He was a loving father of 10 children and a grandfather to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. ... (click for more)

Brown, Kenneth Eugene "Kenny" (Decatur)

Kenneth Eugene “Kenny” Brown, 72, of Decatur, went home to his Heavenly Father on Sunday morning, May 15, 2022 at his home. He was a loved husband, father, brother, uncle and son of the late Leon Brown and Demma Lee Moore Brown. He is a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. He loved playing golf, softball and cards. He also enjoyed watching all sports, ... (click for more)

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Julia “Judy” Knight, a loving mother, terrific friend, witty conversationalist, and Christ follower went home to be with Our Lord and Savior on May 15, 2022. She was born on July 8, 1942 to J.B. and Gladys Potts. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed coffee, crafting, scrapbooking, traveling, and sharing her faith. Survivors include Willard Knight, her loving husband of ... (click for more)

Nicholas Elmo Burkett

Nicholas Elmo Burkett, 66, of East Ridge, passed away on May 14, 2022, surrounded by family. Nicholas was born on May 25, 1955, to the late Joseph and Ruby Burkett. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Timothy Burkett. He was a mechanic for Elmore’s Service Center in East Ridge for many years. Nick was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish. He was a member ... (click for more)

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