Clifford Ted Gates, 80, of Warren, died on November 23, 2018, at Chapel Woods Health & Rehabilitation.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. He was on Johnston Island in 1958 and observed the testing of two nuclear bombs. He was also an air traffic controller. Aviation was a big part in his life, he was also a former FAA examiner, flight instructor, member of the Civil Air Patrol, and a retired corporate pilot for Potlatch Corporation. He also was the owner and operator of Cliff’s Fried Chicken in Warren for four years, had a Honda motorcycle dealership in Warren for six years, and was a 32nd degree Mason. In his spare time, he loved camping, fishing and archery.
Mr. Gates was born on October 25, 1938, in Malvern and was the son of the late Willie E. Gates and Cora Smith Gates. Also, preceding him in death was his mother, Georgia Gates and a brother, J.W. Gates.
Survivors are his wife, Elizabeth Savage Gates; a son, Glenn Gates (Chrystola), of Moro Bay; a daughter, Teresa Hargis and spouse Kim of Wilmar; three brothers, Charles Gates of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jerry Gates of Warren, and Terry Gates of Virginia Beach, Virginian; two sisters, Willie Mae Wheeler and Linda Stucks Taylor, both of Warren; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and his special canine companion, Andee.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 24, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 25, at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Burial with flag presentation will be at Adams Singer Cemetery.