OBITUARY

Charles Edward Alan Bates

April 22, 1990May 3, 2019
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Charles Edward Alan Bates, age 29, of Gadsden, Alabama entered Heaven’s gates on Friday May 3, 2019. Funeral Services will be 1pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Collier Butler Chapel. Rev. Chris Burns and Rev. Randy Gunter will officiate. Burial will follow at Forrest Crest Cemetery in Irondale, AL. Collier Butler Funeral Home will direct services. Charles had attended Westbrook Christian School and was a graduate of Gadsden City High School, Class of 2008. He was in the top 10 percent of his graduating class. Charles was accomplished in Karate, and earned black belts in both Taekwondo and Seidokan. He was a member of the National World Karate Team and had competed internationally. He also taught Karate. After high school, Charles attended Auburn University and was an offensive lineman on the Auburn football team. He was recognized as a Honor Academic Football Player. He excelled in the classroom and is on record for having the highest average in Mathematics ever at Auburn. He was also a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at Auburn. His major was in Biomedical Engineering and he was near completion of degrees in Mathematics, Aero dynamics, Physics, and Science. Charles was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church Charles is preceded in death by his grandparents, Jean Richardson Sudduth, R.K.Bates, Edith Covington Graff and Edmund Graff, and Joseph N. Brown; aunt Michelle Rene’ Banks; uncle Lyndon Seals, cousin Farrah Seals. He is survived by his mother Willbon “Willy” Brown Bates and father Richard Alan Bates; Chosen Mom JoAnn Clevenger; maternal aunt Jenny Seals; cousin Bradley Seales (Destinie) and child Thatcher Lovejoy; paternal uncle Greg Bates (Andrea) and children Heath Bates (Brittany), Carter and Hunter Bates; Maternal uncle Ronnie Brown; paternal uncle Kenneth Lee Bates and cousins Corey and Melissa; and chosen grandparents (William and Nancy Clevenger, and multiple aunts, uncles and cousins of the Clevenger, Bates, and Brown families; and special friend Garry Glidewell. Charles had many friends too numerous to list, each of them special to him. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 11 AM until the hour of service. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Alabama Organs Center.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Christian Spinks

May 9, 2019

I meet Charles about 2 years ago through a friend, and we became good friends. Charles was a great guy and would do whatever to help you, one time he drove from auburn to gadsden to help me late at night when I was broke down on the side of the road. That was the kinda person he was. He was always looking out for his friends. One thing I'll always remember about charles is to never argue with him about football because he'll make sure he wins the argument. Going to miss you big guy! Definitely not going to be the same without you here. Rest in peace buddy. Heaven gained a great guy.

Mark Schuyler

May 8, 2019

Charles went to school with my son Mark JR. He also went to Tae Kwon Do with me and my kids, Charels would stay at my house for sleep overs. Charles showed nothing but respect while he was in my home he was and is a part of our family and he was one of my kids while he was in our home, we will miss you very much my friend.

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