John Earl Bates
May 2, 1931 – January 1, 2019
Funeral services for John Earl Bates, age 87 of Sylacauga, will be Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Dayspring Worship Center Assembly of God at 2:00 PM with Rev. Nathan Paschal officiating. Burial will follow in Sycamore Cemetery. He will lie in state Saturday from 1-2 at the church. Visitation will be held Friday, January 4 from 5-8 PM at Curtis and Son North Chapel.
Mr. Bates passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Sylacauga Health and Rehab.
He is survived by his son, Willie Earl Bates; daughters, Fay Bowden (Mike), Mae Goswick (Jeff); sister, Judy McDonald; grandchildren, Nicole Wood (Ryan), Michael Bowden (Rebekka), Sherilyn Bowden Hannah, Pamela Denty (Roman) and 11 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Michael Bowden, Roman Denty, Kenneth Murphy, Randy Covington, Timmy Bates, Jimmy McDonald, Tony McDonald, Tommy Earl McDonald, Micah Northcutt and Tyler Martin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jeff Goswick, Mike Bowden, All Staff, CNA’s and nurses at Sylacauga Health and Rehab.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Beatrice Bates; daughter, Joann Bates; parents, John Bates and Rachel Lucille Bates; brothers, Joseph Melvine Bates, Byrum Bates, Ernest Bates, Kenneth Bates; sisters, Catherine Horton, Becky Coyer, and Joan Robinson.
He retired from the City of Sylacauga as Animal Control Officer. A special thanks to the staff at Sylacauga Health and Rehab. Online memorials may be made at www.curtisandsonfh.com. Curtis and Son North Chapel will direct the services.
- Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
- Burial Saturday, January 5, 2019
John Earl Bates
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