Shirley Ann Gates, 78, of El Paso, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

She was born Jan. 2, 1936, in North Little Rock to Frank and Frances Strout McElyea.

Her parents; husband, Thomas W. Gates; brothers, Alonzo and Benjamin McElyea; and sisters, Lillie Turner and Cora Marie McElyea, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Donna Harper of El Paso, Charles Cleveland Harper and wife, Cindy of Little Rock, Keith Allen Harper and wife, Nikki of Little Rock and Traci Croy and husband, Aaron of Conway; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother, M.D. McElyea; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Mountain Springs Baptist Church with Dr. Roland Spears officiating; interment followed at Grissard Cemetery in El Paso.

Memorial donations may be made to the UAMS Internal Medicine Clinic.

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