|Birth: ||1873, USA|
|Death: ||Feb. 24, 1957|
Dr. E. F. Gates, of Santa Monica, CA., who served as pastor of many chuches in that area, retired from the ministry in 1932, and the following year helped found the Gates, Kingsley & Gates Mortuary, 1925 Arizonia, Santa Monica. His partners were Virgil B. Kingsley and a son, Mark T. Gates, former mayor of Santa Monica.
Dr. Gates died Feb 24, 1957 in his home in Santa Monica at the age of 84. He had been in failing health for some time. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Methodist Church of Santa Monica. Entombment will be at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Santa Monica.
Dr. Gates joined the Southern California Conference of Methodist Church in 1914 and served that year as pastor of the Azusa Methodist Church. Other churchs were Asbury Methodist Church of Los Angeles 1916-1922, Methodist Church of Santa Monica 1927-1931, and Alhambra First United Methodist Church 1927-1931. From 1932 until 1938 he served as financial executive and adviser of the Goodwill Industries of Los Angeles.
The Gates, Kingsley and Gate Mortuary was very successful, and by the time of his death, there were two locations, the other one being in West Los Angeles.
Dr. Gates leaves his widow, Fannie M. Gates, and two sons, Mart T. of Santa Monica and Samuel E. Gates of New York City (LA Times, Feb 25, 1957, page 16).
Virgil B. Kingsley, 77, of Gates, Kingsley & Gates Mortuaries in Santa Monica and Culver City, died in 1989. A funeral director for 51 years, he was past president of the California FDA and founding president of the Los Angeles FDA, and former president and 9 year member of the Californoa state board.
He was a founding chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, which in 1984, presented Mr. Kinsgley with its Humanitarian Award for his civic service. A California native, he joined the firm in the Depression and served as the chairman of Gates, Kingsley & Gates Enterprises.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen; one, John L.; two daughters, Mary Olivier and Kathleen Carr, and 6 grandchldren (American FD, Feb 1989).
In 2000, Gates-Kingsley & Gates was merged with another longtime family mortuary, Moeller-Murphy.
In June 21, 2001 - The mortuary handled the funeral for actor Carroll O'Connor.
In July, 2004, the body of former president Ronald Reagan was transferred on the day of his death on June 5, to the Gates, Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Mortuary. Local and national news media set up shop and satellite equipment beamed live coverage around the world, including an outdoor news conference at noon on Sunday, June 6 at the mortuary.
The lovely chapel at Gates, Kingsley & Gates, the Little Chapel of the Dawn, was built in 1933. The beautiful funeral chapel is a nondenominational chapel that has hosted hundreds of weddings, as well as funerals, in the past 70 years.
Gates, Kingsley & Gates is the last such facility/business in Santa Monica. In the 1940s there were seven local mortuaries, before the consolidation trend that has affected many industries, including gas stations, banks, and grocery stores. Today, the Gates, Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Mortuary (which was already the combination of two separate businesses) is owned by a multi-national corporation, Service Corporation International (SCI).
Reagan's brief stay at Gates, Kingsley & Gates and the Little Chapel of the Dawn was prearranged by the Reagans going back decades. Following these historic events, the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission will be considering officially designating the Little Chapel of the Dawn a local historic landmark.
Fannie Miller Gates (1876 - 1961)*
Mark T Gates (1907 - 1972)*
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