Joel T. Bates

Passed away on September 7, 2012

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smile, I've only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am now, but as I used to be. Because, I will remember you all and look on with a smile. Understand, in your hearts, I've only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.


Joel T. Bates

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September 18, 2012

You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories of Janice provide consolation for your family during this challenging time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in Paradise. John 17:3