Larry L. Bates

September 1, 1947March 15, 2020

Larry Lee Bates, 72, of Pickens, went home to play his harmonica in his heavenly home on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born on September 1, 1947, in Murphy, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Lester and Flonnie Mae Reece Bates. Larry was a member of Rocky Bottom Baptist Church and was retired from the Mayfair Mills of Pickens. He enjoyed singing with his family and playing the harmonica. Larry was also preceded in death by one son, Markus Bates; four brothers, John Bates, Willard Bates, Lester Bates, Jr., and Dickie Roberts and three sisters, Imma Jean Owens, Juanita Hoxit and JuMay Bates.

Surviving are his three daughters, Frinda Faye Hill (Randy), Opal Bates and Shannon Dover Chavis (Chris); one brother, James Bates (Louellen); one sister, Martha Goins; caretaker, Faye Cassell; five grandchildren, Jason Bates, Christy Bates, Jeremy Whitfield, Joseph Bates and Jessica Jackson, many loving great grandchildren, and his furry four legged little boy, Chocolate.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Rocky Bottom Baptist Church. A committal service will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Bates Family Cemetery in Jackson County, North Carolina.

The family will be at the home of Faye Cassell.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 20, 2020


Larry L. Bates

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Janice Taylor

March 19, 2020

Your family are in my prayers today. I believe Larry was ready to go be with God. He will not suffer any more. He was always in church as long as he was able to be. God be with you all.

Martha Lang

March 18, 2020

My Uncle Larry was so special to me, he always had a smile on his face. I don't think he ever met a stranger. I have a lot of good memories of him but one thing that will always stick in my head is this. For the last year me and my Aunt Martha seen him at least once a month, may of missed a couple but during all that he went through, I never heard him complain. He was such a strong man that loved the Lord. He made a bad situation out of nothing. He loved for his family to come and see him, never wanting us to leave. From the bottom of my heart I know he's in heaven and singing his heart out. Love you Uncle Larry and I'm going to miss you and our laughs together. We will have that chance again one day and you can laugh everytime you call me Martha Jean. Rest in Peace🦋

Mary Conner

March 18, 2020

Sorry Opal about your dad.
I will be praying for you and your family.
Mary Ann Rigdon Conner

Martha Goins

March 17, 2020

My memories of my brother are priceless. So many wonderful memories, so many laughs and tears growing up. We didn't have a easy life but we had alot of love between us siblings. Larry always had my back growing up, I was younger and he would never let no one run over me. So I can say from my heart, the love we had as bother & sister was solid and I'm going to miss him so much. I know I have a new angel on my shoulder and one day I will get to laugh with him again. I love you Larry Lee Bates, just keep looking for me.

Donna Walker

March 16, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about Larry passing. He always was a good friend of my husband Tommy& & I.
RIP my friend. Heaven has gained a new Angel.❤❤

Demetra Bates Poag

March 16, 2020

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know how special he was to my Papaw and Momma. Please let us know if you need anything.

I know he is home with Jesus, singing and dancing-pain free, may this give you peace and comfort.

John 14:27
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.