Thelma Jessie Jackson Gates was born August 09, 1935 in Lugoff, she was a daughter of the late James T Jackson and Margaret Mattox Jackson.
On September 14 2006, Thelma J. Gates was listed as the living wife in the obituary of Jesse J. Gates, Sr.
On April 27, 2007, Thelma Gates was mentioned as the living sister in the obituary of Deloris Jackson Powers
Thelma Jessie Gates, 72, of Lugoff, wife of the late Jesse J. Gates, Sr., died Thursday, October 11, 2007.
She was a member of El-Bethel Faith Community Church and enjoyed spending time with her family and fishing.
Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Myra and Paul Cameron , Jr., Vonnie Miles, and Connie Wheeler and Thomas Wheeler; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky Branham, Johnnie and Barbara Gates, Thomas and Cynthia Gates, and Jesse Jr. and Linda Gates; grandchildren, Jenny Payne and her husband, Jesse, Kimberly Holman and her husband, Chris, Jesse John “Jay” Gates III, and Niki Gates; great-grandchildren, Brantley Payne, Nicholas Payne, Cameron Payne, and Cason Holman; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeannette and Sam Branham, and Joyce and Mack Branham; and a brother and sister-in-law, Johnny Edward Jackson and Alice Kay Jackson.
She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Crystal Renee Smith; brother, James M. Jackson; and sister, Deloris Jackson Powers.
Funeral service were held, Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community with burial to follow in Hardshell Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
On January 6, 2020, Thelma Gates was mentioned as the deceased sister in the obituary of Johnny Edward “Sonnyboy” Jackson, Sr
On October 10, 2021, Thelma Jackson Gates was listed as the deceased mother in the obituary of Connie Marie Gates Wheeler.