Mrs. Bates was born July 12, 1912 at Gray, KY to the late John and Eliza Walters Sexton, she had resided most of her life in Harlan Co. She was the retired owner and operator of Bates Grocery at Kitts for 58 years and believed in the Pentecostal faith.
Besides her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Fred m. Bates; a brother, Roy Sexton; a sister, Pauline Hoskins; a son, Roy Bates; two daughters, Ollie J. Bates and Anna Jo (Judy) Crider; a great granddaughter, Mary Kate Brittingham.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Lois B. Becker of Kitts; granddaughters, Penny B. Sutton of Kitts, Omega Jeanni Duncan of Florida City, FL, Jo Ella Brittingham of Pocomoke, MD, Judy Jo Harris of Wheeling, West Virginia; grandsons, Paul M. Becker of Pocomoke, MD Roy B. Bates of Chesterfield, VA, John F. Crider of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Fred Edward Bates of Glen Allan, VA; a niece, Darlene Skelton of Rosspoint, a nephew, Walter V. Hoskins of Michigan; a special friend, Susan Hall of Kitts; She leaves 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday September 1, 2008 from 5 until 7 at Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at 7:00 pm in the chapel of the Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Williams presiding. Music will be provided by Marjorietta Moore.
Graveside services will be 11:00 am Tuesday September 2, 2008 at Resthaven Cemetery with Grandsons, great grandson, Ryan Sutton and Walter V. Hoskins serving as Pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Heritage Hospice P.O. Box 189 Harlan, KY 40831 in memory of Mrs. Bates.
Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Bates Family.