Patricia Ann Gates
Patricia Ann Gates
  • August 19, 1938 - September 21, 2016
  • Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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Patricia Ann Gates, 78, of Cross Lanes, WV, went home to be with her Lord and family September 21, 2016.

Pat was born August 19, 1938 in Lincoln County, WV. She graduated early from Duval High School with high honors and attended Business College in Charleston. She was employed by Columbia Gas Transmission as a senior clerk for 2 decades before her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tyler Mountain where she enjoyed fellowship and singing in the choir. Pat also gained accolades in her early life as a National Spelling Bee champion and even saw a short singing career with her sisters as the trio traveled statewide to perform at community events and even a national radio broadcast.

She was a selfless, kind-hearted, patience, beautiful grandmother, mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed traveling, beach trips, cooking, reading, rocking and laughing. She was an avid, faithful fan of any sport any of her grandchildren were playing. Pat’s biggest success in life was being the world’s greatest nanny. Her dedication to her family was immeasurable and incomparable. She enjoyed anything, anywhere as long as it was in the company of her grandchildren or loved ones. She was the knot that holds our family bow together and will be missed immensely.

Surviving to celebrate her life are her husband, Fred Gates of Cross Lanes; Daughter, Kimberly Lewis, of Hurricane; Son, Fred Gates, of Hurricane; Son, Stephen Gates, of Cross Lanes; Daughter, Kelli Kroeger, of Hurricane; Grandchildren, Steven Lewis, Brittany (Gates) Hodges, Seth Lewis, Tyler Gates, Kara Lewis, Hanna Kroeger, Josie Kroeger, Elli Kroeger; Great-granddaughters, Braylee Yost and Paisley Hodges; Chris Kroeger, son-in-law;Sheila Gates, daughter-in-law Michelle McCune, daughter-in-law Joe Stein, son-in lawSisters, and best friend, Donna Ray of Venice Beach, Fla. and Jan Trolio of Hagerstown MD; Brothers, Winsel Searls of Hagerstown, MD, Hollis Searls of Woodville, WV, Lester Searls of Winfield and Steve Searls of Hurricane; Cousins that were raised as siblings Drema Clark, of Hagerstown, MD and Diane Searls of Woodville, WV. She was preceded in death by her loving parents Virgil and Flossie Searls, and her brothers ManzilGene Searls, Delvin Searls, O.J. Searls and Ronnie Searls, all of Lincoln County, WV.

Services to pay respects and praise Pat’s life will be Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Rd., Cross Lanes, WV 25313 at 2:30 PM with her nephew, Pastor Darrell Searls officiating. Friends may call from 1:00pm until service time at the Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar, WV. Online condolences may be made by visiting