New Iberia — Funeral Services will be conducted for J.B. Gates at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012 at David Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Roland Fontenot officiating. Interment will follow at Perpetual Park Cemetery in Franklin.

Visitation will be Thursday from 8 a.m. until service time. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

A native of Edna, Texas and longtime resident of Franklin, Mr. Gates died Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 4:08 p.m. in a New Iberia health care facility.

Mr. Gates retired from Exxon-Mobil after 36 years of service. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in WWII.

Survivors include his sons, Robert Gates and companion, Maryetta Landry, of New Iberia and John Boatner Gates and wife, Melissa, of Fair Oaks, California; one brother, Darwood Gates of Edna, Texas; grandchildren, Eric Gates of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jeffrey John and fiancée, Heather Patty, of Franklin, Sara Jane Gates and husband, David Lorah, of Phillipsburg, New Jersey; and a great grandchild, Amber Gates of Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Whitley Gates; parents, Robert Lee and Ruby Parrish Gates; one sister, Connie Gates; and a brother, Eugene Gates.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.davidfuneralhome.com.

David Funeral Home, 1101 Trotter St. New Iberia, La. (337) 369-6336 is in charge of arrangements.

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