J. E. Tex Gates
Funeral Date: 6/26/2013

Obituary:
J. E. “Tex” Gates age 86 of Rye, AR died Sunday, June 23rd at his ranch home in Cleveland county Arkansas. He was born September 16th, 1926 in Mason, TX a son of the late J. E. Gates Sr. and Ruby Stark Gates. In his early years growing up in Mason, Texas he gained and formed a love for horses and cattle that followed him all of his life, he graduated high school in Comanche, TX and moved west in the 1950’s to Las Vegas, NV where he opened a Dude ranch known as Twin Lakes Stables. Over the span of 40 years in Las Vegas, he promoted and built Twin Lakes Stables, which provided livestock for the thriving movie industry. He served on the Clark County Sheriffs posse which helped in the recovery of plane crashes in the mountains of Nevada only accessible by horse back, he loved to cater to his friends with early morning horseback breakfast rides, which included Roy Rogers and Liberace. He served as rodeo chairman for the Elks Heldorado rodeo for 27 years in Las Vegas. He was a member of the Rotary Club and a member of the Elks Lodge for 53 years. Tex achieved a membership in the Screen Actors Guild and began making television commercials for Chesterfield Cigarette Company and Ford Motor Company advertising the Ford Mustang among others. He was a United States WWII Army veteran serving as a merchant marine in the Pacific Theater, he loved hunting, fishing and traveling and in his later life when he moved to Cleveland County, AR he started T & S Ranch with his wife Susie. Tex served on the Cleveland County Farm Bureau Board for 23 years, and was a member of the Cleveland County Cattleman’s Association and a board member of the Bradley County Farmers CO/OP. He is also preceded in death by a brother Ricky Gates and a sister Angela Nelson. Survivors include his wife Susie Gates who he married Nov. 4th, 1975. A son Jerry Gates and spouse Nancy, Rye, AR. A daughter Janice Hetfeld of Miami Lakes, FL. A brother Jack Gates and spouse Barbara, Palestine, TX, several nieces, nephews and loving friends Marvin and Amber Runion and their children Haleigh and Harley Runion all of Rye, AR. Funeral services were 10:00AM Wednesday, June 26th at Frazer’s Chapel with Bill Reed and Terry Sipes officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in Prosperity Cemetery at Pansy by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Buck Eddins, Buster Cole, Bill Wisener, Steve Parnell, Jessie Beck and Jackie Bethea.

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Name: Reggie Riley
Message: Susie,we are deeply sorry for your loss. Our sympathy goes out to you and your family.

Name: Dana Young
Message: Mrs. Susie...sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Gates. May you look to God for your strength to carry on in the days to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Name: Norma and Gil Schwartz
Message: Susie, We share your loss and are so sorry that we can't be with you. We extend our very deepest sympathies to you and family, Tex will be missed.

Name: Betsy Holderfield
Message: Susie, all of the Holderfields are sorry to hear of Tex's passing. We are thankful to have had you all as neighbors, and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Sherri & Deloris Jones
Message: Susie, We were so sorry to hear about Tex's passing.Prayers go out to your family at this time.

Name: Chrisann Gannaway
Message: Oh Mrs. Susie---- my heart breaks for you and the family. Mr. Tex was such a kind wonderful man .He will be soo missed. I love you

Name: Claire Zick
Message: A friend I have never forgotten all my life. Taught me everything about horses along with his dad. Kept my horses at Twin Lakes and did movies with him. My sincere thoughts Susie and Jerry. A great man....Claire

Name: Sam & Brenda Mercer
Message: Susie, Jerry & family, so sorry to hear about Tex. he will be missed by all. May you seek the peace of God to see you through the days ahead. Please know that all of you are in our prayers.

Name: Chaplain Demetrice Swift
Message: On behalf of Tyson Foods of Pine Bluff, we send condolneces to your family in the passing of your loved one. May the Lord bless and comfort you all during this hour.

Name: Debbie Reed
Message: So sorry to hear about Uncle Tex. You are all in my prayers and I will be by to see you soon. Love always

Name: Suzette Russell
Message: Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Name: Robin Holley
Message: Mrs. Susie, I am truly sorry for your loss. Mr. Tex was a very kind individual and I know that he will be missed greatly. I love you and will be praying for you and your family. Love, Robin Holley

Name: Ralph Lamb
Message: Dear Susie and Children of Tex, In the 31 years I spent in the Sheriffs office at Las Vegas I always knew that I had a real buckaroo with me when I was with Tex. We love you and think of you all often. Sheriff Ralph Lamb

Name: Anita Chambers
Message: Susie I'm so sorry for your loss - I always thought alot of you both. You will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers

Name: Joann Aleshi
Message: Deepest sympathy to the family. So many happy hours were spent at the Twin Lakes Riding Stable. My most fond memories are of riding in the Helldorado parades. Those were the good old days, for sure.

Name: Paula Nelson
Message: I wish I could have known Tex longer, and more personally, but Lee has told me so many wonderful stories of growing up with his Uncle Tex always in his life...I feel as though I knew him, too. So sorry you've lost your best friend, Susie. We love you!

Name: Gil Schwartz
Message: Susie and Jerry, I can't stop thinking of Tex and all the good times we shared. He was one of the best friends I ever had. Tex will be greatly missed by all of us.

Name: Ron & Donna Farrer
Message: Suzie, we just found out about Tex's passing. We are so sorry to hear of this and pray for your family and you during these times.

Name: Tammy Hensley
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Name: CATRENINIA YORK
Message: MRS.SUSIE I'M SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT TEX HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND A JOY TO BE AROUND AND I'M GLAD TO HAVE KNOWN BOTH OF YOU.

Name: TINA BATTLES, RN BCMC
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Name: Shirley Thomas
Message: Dear Susie: Just now learned of Tex's passing. I am so very sorry. My heart hurts. Its been years since we've seen you but think of you often.