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Noel Ray Gates
(March 7, 1951 - August 1, 2014)
Noel Ray Gates, 63 of Puckett, went to be with the Lord
on August 1, 2014.
were held at: 2:00 PM, on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Galiee Baptist Church in
Burial will be in
Visitation was held
from 5:00 Till 8:00 PM Saturday Night at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in
Preceded in death
by: Parents: Noel Estus Gates and Gladys Walters Gates Son: Timothy Ray Gates
Brother: Richard Gates Sister: Mary Gates
Wife: Donna James Gates, Puckett Daughter: Susan Renee' Easterling (Joel),
Bryant, Keileigh Bryant, Kaden Bryant Sister: Allene Meadows (Tommy), Cato,
Kelly, Pete Cook, Cletus Vanderford, Douglas Vanderford, Robert Christman,
Please remember Donna, Susan, Grandchildren,
Ray's sister Allene and the extended family in prayer.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that
which is planted;” - Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (KJV)
Since you are reading this post, you are most likely familiar with
“Hosanna” Quartet, begun in 1995, with the vision and goal of establishing a
Southern Gospel Quartet as a Christian ministry, sharing the Gospel of Jesus
Christ through song and witness. It is with a heavy heart for many reasons, and
after many prayers asking for guidance and answers, we must announce to our many
friends made and supporters gained over the years, the time has come for the
lack of a better word, to “hang it up…”
Over the span of 24 years, we have been blessed by a great group of men
who has stepped up at different times as needed, to start, build and continue
Hosanna: Raymond Johnson (lead),
Jonny Freeman (baritone), Gerald
Vance (tenor), Ray Gates (bass), Bob Allen (piano, deceased), H. M. “Sonny”
Riley (baritone, bass guitar), Keith Maddox (lead), Rev. Danny Dickerson (lead),
Tommy Meadows (driving us safely for many, many miles), Johnny
(lead), David Lewis (tenor) and Bo Sullivan (tenor). In the same paragraph, we
must thank our wives and families, who have sacrificed and supported Hosanna
unselfishly over all these many years. We could NOT have done it without their
support and love. No way!
There’s no telling how many hours these men sacrificed and dedicated
to learning the songs, unloading, setting up, and then loading equipment,
traveling, preaching and doing what Hosanna was there for: presenting the Good
News of Jesus Christ through prayer, carefully chosen songs, and Christian
witness. (Now, let’s not forget the eating and fellowship!) Not to mention the
many hours in the studio recording the tapes and CD’s! Thank you to each and
every one who contributed. Many friends and Christian friendships were made
during this time frame and it would be impossible to even begin to name them, as
they are scattered from Texas to Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and of course our
home state, Mississippi! We have grown to know and love many others in quartets,
trios, etc., that share the same vision with us, carrying the Gospel to this
lost and dying world.
As you know, Ray Gates recently went on to be with the Lord, and we
are still trying to digest that. He was definitely one of a kind, who could sing
with a huge range, from low-down to up high in the tenor range and all in
between! If you heard him preach, you knew that God was leading him there as
well. I loved seeing him greet and make new friends everywhere we went, and
hearing his masterful style of handling the “talking” for Hosanna… We will miss
his ever-present smile, and hearing him whistling as he walked down the hall
coming toward the studio, on the rare occasion he was late for quartet practice.
His stock answer when I would call him to check on his availability for a
certain date, was “Book it!” He was always ready. Humble… He wouldn’t tell of
the honors given to him or Hosanna, but I would, and when the time was
appropriate, I did. He also did not let it be known when he helped people
personally, and Hosanna didn’t know it either, but now some of those kindnesses
are coming to the surface. We are so very happy for him while at the same time
sad that we, and Ray’s family, and so many other people who knew and loved him,
have lost such a fine Christian gentleman and friend. We only want to be in the
will of the Lord and many things have pointed to the direction we must go, and
your prayers are coveted for Ray’s family, and for all the members of Hosanna,
past and present. Thank you, and may God Bless each and every one of you. –
Horace M. “Sonny” Riley – Hosanna
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