Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

1805 Highway 281 North, Marble Falls, TX


William Archie Bates Jr.

August 30, 1931March 22, 2020

In Loving Memory Of William Archie Bates, Jr.

William Archie Bates, 88, was born August 30, 1931 in Trafalgar, Arkansas. He was raised by his mother and father, Effie and Archie Bates, Sr. Along with three sisters Earlene Corbin, Jean Hurt and Marine Scott and a brother Ervin Bates.

He had a happy and adventurous childhood.

William enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1951. He served active duty in the Korean war and was honorably discharged in 1954. During his time in the Marine Corps, he met a beautiful young lady, Beatrice Padilla. They were married on September 6, 1952 and began their new chapter together in Los Angeles, California.

During their marriage they had two daughters, Patricia Ann and Irma Marie.

While in Los Angeles, William became a recognized Los Angeles Fire Fighter from 1959 to 1986. William enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid fisherman.

He then retired and moved to Marble Falls, Texas in 1986.

He is survived by his loving wife, Beatrice and his two daughters Patricia Ann Bandy & Son-In-Law Linzy Bandy and Irma Kesselring. His grandchildren Charles (Chuck) Stackhouse, Jr & wife Girlie Stackhouse, Therese Soto & husband Eli Soto. Sandra Clarke & husband James Clarke, Linda McCollum & husband David McCollum and Laura McNeill & husband Aaron McNeill. His great grandchildren Katelynn McCollum, Hunter Lanning, Florence Stackhouse, Brooke McNeill, Aubrey McNeill and Morgan Clarke. Sisters Marine Scott, Jean Hurt and Earlene Corbin & husband Gerald and brother Ervin Bates & wife Betty Gail.

He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and other family members that loved him so much.


  • Services Will Be Private


William Archie Bates Jr.

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Kevin Nida

April 6, 2020

I was Bill Bates paperboy in the early 1970’s in Long Beach. He was one of three firemen in the neighborhood who encouraged me to join the fire department. Irma and Pat babysat my sister and I before that.

His entire family was always welcoming, and encouraging. Bill was a fireman’s fireman. He was very excited and proud when I joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1980. I retired after 37 years of service, and his encouragement and mentoring helped me get there. Our prayers are with Beatrice, and the rest of his wonderful family. “10 Bells” my friend. Until I see you again.

Gara Land

March 24, 2020

Adrein and I became very close to Bill and his family when we lived in Calif in the 60’s. We played lots of marble games at their kitchen table. Bill and Adrein fished and hiked in the Sierras. We once lived with them for 6 weeks after a car accident. They cared for us and our 6 month old baby boy. Pat and Irma finally had a brother and became so attached to him. They will always be special in my heart. God bless this family.