Family Funeral Care

4925 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN


Robert C. Bates

July 24, 1956July 7, 2019

Robert C. Bates passed away on July 7, 2019 at home in his sleep. Bobby was born in Jackson, MS on July 24, 1956 to John and Louise Bates but spent most of his life in Memphis, TN. He is survived by his wife of many years Elizabeth (Betsy) Boone Bates of Eads, TN and his daughter Neely Anne Bryan (Cole) of West Point, MS. He is also survived by his brother, Johnny Bates (Robin) of Grenada, MS and sister, Dianne Biddy (Bobby) of Grenada, MS. Bobby was a business man dealing primarily in real estate. He had a soft spot in his heart for animals regularly bringing abandoned dogs back home. He also enjoyed reading the Wall Street Journal, fishing, late afternoons on his mower, and he loved to LAUGH—his laugh would light up any room. He was truly one-of-a-kind; a hilarious character who will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held on Friday July 19, 2019 at Lichterman Nature Center in Memphis at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter, 5122 Old Tibbee Rd, West Point, MS 39773 or Neely’s Ark, www.NeelysArk.com. Online condolences may be made at www.familyfuneralmemphis.com.


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Michele & Ted Hoepfner

July 14, 2019

So sorry for your loss, Neely and Betsy. We remember back in the late 1980's how much fun Bobby had with his "Tonka Toys" when you first bought the property on Paul Jones Road. I hope the farm and his tractors/earth movers gave him great joy over the years. Once again, thank you so much for taking such good care of our Saddlebred horses.

Denise Miles

July 14, 2019

Oh Neely, my heart breaks for you. Know that I am praying for peace and comfort for y’all. ❤️🙏❤️

Tiffany Shaw Garrott

July 14, 2019

I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

Birteen DeLapp Shaw

July 14, 2019

I am so sorry for your sudden loss.

Cindy Haverty

July 12, 2019

Neely and Betsy sending many hugs. The horse show days were quite the times with all your lovely horses. No doubt Adele is checking on your Dad till you meet again. We did love our times with you guys at the farm. So very sorry for your loss of Bobby

Michael Feury

July 12, 2019

Bobby... you will be missed by many, I will always remember your smile, your laughter, your kind Heart, your non judgmental ways and the many good times we had together. Neely, Bestie and family I will continue to keep you all in my prayers and thoughts.
Rest In Peace my friend until we meet again.
Love Michael ( Mee - Shell ) or as Bobby called me Misheella.

Sobhi & Linda Salim

July 11, 2019

Bobby... Just know you will be truly missed... Thanks for being such a kind person and for always working with us. You blessed us with a gift before you left and we are truly honored to know you cared about us too. We will always keep you in our memory and hearts. Now it's time to travel to the great beyond. This will be your best trip ever... We love you. Your tenant and friend.