James Gilbert Scates, 63, of Merritt Island, Florida, passed away February 14, 2014, following a long illness.

Born in Harriman, October 19, 1950, he was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin L. ad Geneva G. Scates.

He moved to Florida at age 12, where he attended Edgewood Jr. High and Merritt Island High School, and graduated with a BA from the University of Central Florida. He taught adult education and was a business owner before moving to West Virginia. He was a friend to all and a longtime member of Merritt Island Presbyterian Church, and an elder of the Presbyterian Church in Ona.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 19, at First Presbyterian Church-Huntsville with Bro. David L. Walker officiating. Music will be provided by Jan Scates. Interment will follow at Carson Memorial Park.

Obituary provided courtesy of Jones & Son Funeral Home.