R. L. Moates

December 11, 1944November 9, 2013
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Robert Lee Moates, Jr., age 68, died at his home on Saturday, November 9, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family.

He was the son of the late R. L. and Anzie Moates and preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Craig Moates. He was graduate of the University of Chattanooga, where he received his degree in Engineering, and was a veteran of Vietnam War where he served in the U. S. Army and received the Purple Heart. He also was an employee of Corley Manufacturing Company for 57 years and currently as Plant Supervisor. He was Past Master of Volunteer Masonic Lodge # 549 and a member of Alhambra Shrine.

Surviving are his daughter, Mary Wynn and her husband, Ernest; son, Bob Moates, all of Chattanooga; two grandchildren, Brandon and Keyshawn Wynn; brother, Phil Moates and his wife Peggy of Chattanooga; two sisters, Mary Thomas of Atlanta, GA and Robbie Stewart and her husband Lloyd of Dunlap, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM at the East Chapel with Dr. Bill Owens officiating, Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM on Monday, November 11, 2013 at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga (4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416).

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist. 404 S, Moore Road, East Ridge, TN 37412.


  • Visitation Monday, November 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Gus Bryan

November 16, 2013

I had the pleasure of knowing RL in college and had a few work related meetings with him over the years. In retrospect, meeting with him was always a most pleasant experience. He was a good man and I'm certain will he will be missed by many.

Janet Green

November 12, 2013

It was great working with RL at Corley Mfg. He was always professional, helpful and supportive in every way. He loved his family dearly as well as his Corley family. He will be greatly missed. Take comfort in knowing that you have a new guardian angel to look over you . . . as he always did! God bless your family during this difficult time.

Harry Phillips

November 11, 2013

I have not seen RL since our high school days so sad to have simply lost touch. he was a good fella and a good friend. I wish only the best for his family

November 11, 2013

R.L was a dear friend when we lived in Chattanooga. He was even at the hospital with my husband when our daughter was born,and he loved her dearly. She called him Olee. We will never forget him and,though we had lost contact,we loved him,thought of him and talked about him fondly.
Elaine M. Hayes (Tampa, Florida)

Pam Catlett Mullinax

November 11, 2013

R.L. was a dear friend, and we shared family and friends from our neighborhood, church, and school. He was loved by many.

November 11, 2013

R. L. and I were classmates at the University of Chattanooga for four years. I really enjoyed our times together. He had a great sense of humor and was a good man.

Richard Lynskey

Dusty West

November 10, 2013

for all the kind words you share.the good will be dearly missed.may angels be with you always.