The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 20, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, June 20, 2013


Laicee Nicole Lynn Gates

An angel in the book of life

wrote down my baby’s birth

Then whispered as she closed the book

“too beautiful for earth”

Laicee Nicole Lynn Gates, two months and two weeks old, became a precious angel in Heaven on June 15, 2013.

“There are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” Born on March 29, 2013, Laicee was the most beautiful gift to her loving parents, Nicholas Gates and Gabrielle Zimmerman of Gatewood.

Welcoming Laicee to Heaven are her grandparents, Gordon and Pamela Gates, and Rebecca Thomas.

Left with precious memories of Laicee are her grandfather, Michael Zimmerman of Statesville, NC; great-grandparents, Paul Cole of Ansted, James and Dreama Thomas of Gatewood, Mike and Gail Skaggs of Ansted; a very special great-aunt, Jeannette Thomas; a very special great-uncle, Scott Long of Gatewood; uncles, Michael Shane Zimmerman, Tobias Long, Dakota Birchfield, Bryan Zimmerman, and Gordon Gates III; and aunts, Heather Gates, Mikalia Zimmerman; and many other family and friends.

A celebration of Laicee’s life will be held at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Morris Nutter officiating on Friday, June 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.  

The family will receive friends from noon until time of services on Friday at the funeral home.

This was a life that had hardly begun.  No time to find your place in the sun. No time to do all you could have done. But we loved you enough for a lifetime.  

No time to enjoy the world and its wealth. No time to take life down off the shelf. No time to sing the songs of yourself. Though you had enough love for a lifetime.

Those who live long endure sadness and tears. But you’ll never suffer the sorrowing years. No betrayal, no anger, no hatred, no fears. Just love — only love — in your lifetime.

For those wishing to express their condolences may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome. com

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

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