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Richard Keith Gates

Richard Keith Gates, 61 of Albany, GA. died Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Mr. Gates was born April 15, 1960 in Elkhorn City, KY, son of the late Royce Richard Gates and Dorothy Jean Amburgey Gates. He previously worked for Short and Paulk Supply Co., where he was a manager of Retail Lumber Sales. He loved to read, watch Atlanta Braves baseball, and feed the birds and squirrels from his back porch. Other than his parents, Mr. Gates was also preceded in death by his brother Michael Lee Gates.

He is survived by his daughter Erica Gates McCormick of Toledo, Ohio, grandsons Joseph and Ethan Stiers, his sister Deborah Gates Swisher (Robert) of West Jefferson, NC, a niece Heather Moore of Mount Holly, NC,a great-niece Leanna Moore of Mount Holly, NC a great-nephew Brandon Moore of Cullowhee, NC and a very special friend Shirley Ahern of Albany. He was also preceded in death by his nephew Sean Swisher.
Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks in honor of his beloved grandsons Joseph and Ethan Stiers.
For further information you may contact Deborah Swisher 336-977-7496.


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Deborah Swisher Jan 14 2022 7:49 AM

My heart is breaking and I still can't believe he is gone. Keith was such an intelligent, well read, fun, kind, generous, hard working person. I was so very lucky and blessed to have him as my brother. We loved each other unconditionally and could tell each other anything. Living in different states resulted in many phone calls, sometimes at all hours. He comforted me many times as I cried when our son Sean passed away last January. Although he had severe chronic pain due to cervical stenosis he still loved to laugh and make others laugh. We didn't get to see each other often but so many good memories. I pray he knew just how much I loved him. I am happy he is no longer in pain and is in heaven with our younger brother Michael, our sweet mother, and our Sean. I love and miss you Keith, thank you for loving me too!

Deborah Gates Swisher Jan 10 2022 9:54 PM

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Heather Moore Dec 30 2021 4:55 PM

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Heather Moore Dec 30 2021 4:52 PM

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Deborah Swisher Dec 29 2021 4:17 PM

Deb, Bob, Heather, Leanne, & Brandon. So sorry for yet another loss of a beloved family member. May Gods grace and peace surround you

Carol Shively Dec 27 2021 11:46 AM

Uncle Keith (George/Fred per our inside jokes), I love you! You will be missed & never forgotten. Your wit & humor were delightful & so memorable. All the times spent together were such fun times. You were a joy to be with & to have had in my life! Until we see each other again, I love you forever. Please give Grandma, uncle Mike, & Sean really big hugs for me! Love, Your very favorite niece.

Heather Moore Dec 27 2021 8:05 AM

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Donna scott Dec 24 2021 7:43 PM

Rest in peace you will be missed .

Donna Dec 24 2021 7:25 PM

Dear Deb, Bob, Heather, Leanna, Brandon, Erica, Joseph, Ethan & Family & Shirley,
We Send our deepest sympathy in the loss of our dear nephew, Keith! He was always so kind when he was growing up, always helping us on our farm in Bloomdale! He also was very active in Boy Scouts and enjoyed it very much!
We will miss Keith! May he RIP! 💟✝️💟
We send lots of Love & Prayers to Keith's Family at this difficult & sad time!
May God Bless You All & bring You all Peace & Comfort!!💟✝️💟

Carolyn & Jim Amburgey Dec 23 2021 4:21 PM

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