Leon Gates

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Leon Gates, 46, died Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Sept. 11, 1958, in Hayti, Mo., son of Joe Gates and Lula Mae Owens.

Gates graduated from Matthews High School in 1978 and was a groundskeeper at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Survivors include his parents; three brothers, Tony Gates, Samuel Owens and Jody Owens of Sikeston; three sisters, Shakaya, Leah and Twandalaya "Tiny" Owens of Sikeston.

Friends may call at 11 a.m. Friday until the funeral at noon at Westend Baptist Church in Sikeston. The Rev. Ronald Williams will officiate, with burial in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield Mo.

Williams Funeral Homes in Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.