Charles Gates

Charles Edgar “Chuck” Gates, 89, of Bryan, Tex., died peacefully Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at his residence.

He was born March 6, 1926, in Rapid City, S.D., to the late Marguerite McCain and the late Edgar Ashley Gates. Dr. Gates was married to Eleanor Louise Breckenridge Gates. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He worked as a statistician and professor at the University of Minnesota for 10 years, then for 28 years at Texas A&M University. His career allowed him to travel extensively, and he thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of visiting 79 countries over the course of his life.

Following his retirement, he served as an income tax volunteer for the AARP. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. His other interests included playing bridge, collecting stamps, playing tennis, bicycling, and dancing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by their three daughters, Greta Watkins and husband Randy of Bryan, Tex, Gail Gates of Stillwater, Okla., and Glenda Honea and husband Robert of Danville, Va.; by nine grandchildren; and by seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, David Gates and wife Angie of Boulder, Col., and Clyde Gates and wife Mary of Minneapolis, Minn.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 14, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in College Station. Cremation and memorial services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Brazos Valley, Covenant Presbyterian Church, or the Alzheimer’s Association at

For more information contact 

Callawy-Jones Funeral & Cremation Centers

3001 S College Avenue
Bryan, TX 77801
United States (US)
Phone: (979) 822-3717


  1. Aunt Eleanor, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Charles. I loved him very much and was deeply touched that he came to our wedding 5 1/2 years ago. I’ll always remember him wanting to dance a polka with me.

    I send my love and care to you.

  2. Dear Eleanor,

    Ray and I send you are sincere sympathy at this sad time. It is good that he does not have to suffer any longer. Please let us know if there is anything we could help with for you

    We have very fond memories of Chuck and you.

    With every kind regard,

    Jan and Ray Sis

  3. Grandma Gates,
    We wish very much that we could have been there for the service and even more so that we could have visited in these last few years. Phil has such precious memories of his time with Granddad skiing out West. And I remember sharing a special time with you both around the time of Ellie’s high school graduation and our wedding in 2008. You and Granddad talked about your early days together in Raleigh, NC and Phil and I really enjoyed that. I think we had similar early married days! Anyhow, we love you all very much and our prayers are with you at this time. Take good care and may you find comfort in the presence of His Spirit that is surely with you. Sam & Phil Honea

  4. Ellie:

    Craig called and gave us the sad news of Chuck’s passing. When Clyde and I think of our time in College Station (mostly working on Craig’s house) we have such fond memories of both of you –you folks were special and made us feel so welcome at your home, church, and the fellowship we shared was special. We counted you both as one of God’s blessings to us and were so happy when you came to Othello for a visit.

    Our prayers are sent with love and affection. Bonnie & Clyde

  5. Please accept my belated condolences. I worked with Chuck as a Tax-Aide volunteer and he taught me so much as I took over from him as a Technical Coordinator in 2009-2010. His unfailing good cheer and helpfulness made a lot of difference to me and many others. He is still missed.

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