Charles G. Gates. 69, of Ridgeland died Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Graveside services were held May 2 at Lakewood Memorial Park in Clinton. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home handled the arrangements. A lifelong Jackson area resident, Mr. Gates was born to Charles G. Gates and Mary George Gates. He was a 1962 graduate of Murrah High School and then graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Business. He spent his professional years as an independent oil and gas operator. Mr. Gates is preceded in death by his parents, Charles G. Gates and Mary George Gates. He is survived by his brother, Haley (Pete) Gates and his wife Ann of Gulfport. He is also survived by several cousins, and their families.