Services for Samuel Gatewood Jr., 76, of Copperas Cove, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Mr. Gatewood died Aug. 10, 2013, at his home in Copperas Cove. He was born July 25, 1937, in Wadesboro, N.C., to Annie and Samuel Gatewood, the oldest of five children.

He served almost 27 years in the U.S. Army, with one tour in Vietnam and five tours in South Korea. He then went on to work for 14 more years for the U.S. Post Office in Austin before finally retiring to spend the rest of his time with his wife, the love of his life.

Some of Papa Sam’s proudest times were spent with his grandkids.

Survivors include his loving wife, Hae R. Gatewood of Copperas Cove; daughter, Eugenia Andrew of Austin; son, Dennis Gatewood of Alaska; grandchildren, Kevin and Aspen Andrew of Austin and Dayton Gatewood of Alaska; sisters, Shirley Leahy of Johnstown, Colo., Nancy Gulledge and Peggy Gatewood of Lilesville, N.C.; and brother, Edmond Gatewood of Wadesboro, N.C.

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove is in charge of arrangements.

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