Wayne Witt Bates

August 19, 1922December 18, 2016

WAYNE WITT BATES (AGE 94) He was born on August 19, 1922 in Texaco, New Mexico. He had eight brothers and two sisters who preceded him in death. During World War II he served in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard USS Mosley DE-321. After the war, he was employed by the Department of the Army (Signal Corps), at both Fort Sam Houston, TX and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. He and his wife moved from Texas to Fairfax County, Virginia in 1955. They lived in Fairfax City from 1955 until 1987, before moving to Centreville, VA. In recognition of his research, he was duly elected “Honorary” member of both the United Transportation Union (UTU), and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE). In 1971, he was one of the founders of the Bates Family of Old Virginia. Further, he was recognized as an authority in regard to the Witt-Whitt ancestry, with much original research and published articles. He is survived by his wife, Rose, and his two sons, Dr. David Bates of Newtown, PA, and son Bill Bates and Darleen of Fairfax, VA and their son Billy Magee. He is also survived by his two other grandchildren, Carley Hovermale and David Linden Bates of Richmond, VA, the children of deceased son Frank Bates.


  • Visitation Friday, December 23, 2016
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 23, 2016

Wayne Witt Bates

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joyce beach

July 19, 2017

Very sorry for your loss. Love and prayers! Love: Joyce and Donnie Beach

Bill Vincent

July 18, 2017

Wayne was a fantastic researcher and a gentleman of the highest order. I am so saddened to learn of his passing, but much richer by virtue of my contacts with him over the years. He touched many lives. - Bill Vincent (cousin via Charles Witt).

May 31, 2017

Wayne Witt Bates' ancestor Willis Hubbard Bates was a brother to my 2nd great-grandfather Rev. William Edmonds Bates. His cousin Mary Lorena Bates Smith was my paternal grandmother. Witt told me last year that he and my grandmother Lorena around 1950 had replaced the crumbled tombstones together for our ancestors' parents Reubin & Nancy Edmonds Bates in the Edmunds Cemetery Red Cross in Barren County, KY across the road from the Old Zion Cemetery near Becton & Glasgow, KY.

Witt was so kind and generous with everyone. He told me that I belonged to the "JS" DNA line of Bates as did he. I am so proud of that. I will miss him so much. Condolences to his wife Rose and family.

Sincerely, Patricia Ann Smith, M. D. (Research), M. B. A.

Joan Leslie Tovar Lugo

May 10, 2017

I will miss Uncle Wayne very much. It is hard to believe that he is gone. He was a wonderful man. He and Aunt Rose were always very kind and loving to me and my mother. With much love to his family, Joan Leslie

M Witter

March 9, 2017

So sorry to know of this. Over the years I contacted Wayne many times about our common Witt ancestry..His work over many years and out reach to others provided interesting conversation and revelations about our people...I will miss him. Now, he too,becomes part of our history.

Alice Cantu Whitaker

January 19, 2017

My deepest condolences on the passing of much loved, Cousin Wayne Bates. Love and prayers to Rosa, sons, and all of the family. Sincerely, Alice Cantu Whitaker, daughter of deceased Felicita Perez Cantu, also known as Quitita, sister of Aunt Olivia, Rosa's deceased mother. I will always remember Cousin Wayne with a loving heart.

Fela Cantu-Jimenez

January 19, 2017

Our thoughts.and prayers to our cousin Rosa Benitez Bates and her sons David Wayne and Bill Bates. May perpetual light shine upon Wayne, may he rest in peace. Wayne was blessed to have lived a beautiful "Love Story" life with Rosa. A bitter sweet consolation for Rosa, who thinks Wayne is gone for just a little while. Fondly, your cousin Fela Cantu Jimenez, San Antonio, Tx.

Larry Van Horn

December 25, 2016

I want to pass along my deepest sympathy to Wayne's family over the loss of such a great man and genealogical treasure. He has touched many many family members and cousins through his many years of Bates/Witt/Whitt family research including me. I would not know as much about our wonderful colonial Virginia family if not for his persistence, diligence and research. Rest in peace cousin. Your research here is now done.

December 24, 2016

I was so sorry to hear of death of my Mothers last remaining brother. Uncle Wayne was a big part of our Sides's family and he was more of a brother than an Uncle. We will miss him. Condolences to Rose and their entire family. My God grant you peace during these sad times.

Betty Sides Hefner
Marble Falls Texas

December 24, 2016

Uncle Wayne was the cornerstone of the Bates family! His passion for ancestry and all things linked in history to our heritage was beyond remarkable. I loved his stories and will miss the twinkle in his eye as he told them. Such a loss for the entire family. We send our prayers from Texas from the nieces and nephews of Wayne's younger brother, Frank. (Loyce Lee, Billy Bob, Clifford Coy, Raymond Roy, Wesley Wayne-deceased, Marian Mearle, Deana Dee, Kimberly Kay, Lisa Lynn)
With love and deep respect,
Loyce Lee Bates-Dettman