Robert Eugene “Bobby” Gates

Robert Eugene “Bobby” Gates, 78, of Freeport, Fla., and formerly of El Darado, Ark., died June 2, 2013, at Grand Boulevard Health and Rehabilitation Center in Miramar Beach.

Born Dec. 30, 1934, in Pineville, La., he was the son of Allan Robert and Sara Jane Ryder Gates. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church of El Dorado. He was preceded in death by his parents and siste, Marjorie Gates Crain.

Survivors include sisters, Gloria Gates Poole and husband J.B. Poole of El Dorado, and Charlene Martin of Little Rock, Ark.; wife of 54 year,s Barbara Ann Welch Gates of Freeport; sons, Robert A. Gates of Freeport, Jeffrey E. Gates and wife Karen of Miramar Beach, and David W. Gates and wife Kelly of Destin; grandchildren, Bobby, Chris, Joey, Drew, Adam, Shane, Holly, Taylor, Chelsey, Andie; and great-grandchildren, Brady, Hayden, Aaliyah, Ava, and Payton.

A special thank you for the love and care of Bob at Grand Boulevard Health and Rehabilitation Center and Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 8 at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home, 150 East Hwy. 20 in Freeport.

Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.