Bernard “Buddy” Gates, 73, was born on October 16, 1944 in Baytown, Texas to Herschel and Edith Gates. He passed away on April 13, 2018.
Buddy worked for Exxon for 25 years when he retired in 1999. He had a passion for blues and early rock-n-roll music. He also had an extraordinary memory of artists, songs and music charts. He enjoyed the time he spent bass fishing with his best friend Ronnie as well as watching sports. But his most treasured memories were vacationing in Jamaica with his late wife Sandra.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Gates and his parents, Herschel and Edith Gates.
He is survived by his children, Kathy Perez and husband, Eddy and Andrew Gates and wife, Crystal brother, Cameron Gates; sister, Yslita Brewer; grandchildren, Sierra Price, Michael Gates and Emma Gates and best friend, Ronnie Arcenaux and wife, Dee. As well as many other family and friends.
A visitation will be held for Buddy on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home 2444 Rollingbrook Dr. Baytown, TX 77521. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. also at Navarre Funeral Home with burial to follow at Cedarcrest Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers Dennis Brewer, Buddy Bruner, Nathan Brewer, Travis Brewer, David Scalise and Cody Hicks. Honorary Pallbearers, Ronnie Arcenaux and B.J. Scalise.
To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX 77521, (281)422-8111.