Earl Boyd Bates

Born: Thu., Jun. 30, 1938
Died: Mon., Mar. 25, 2013


Visitation

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 29, 2013
Location: Marion


Funeral Service

3:00 PM Fri., Mar. 29, 2013
Location: Westmoreland Funeral Home


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EARL BOYD BATES, 74 of Marion, NC, went home to be with the Lord on March 25, 2013 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Valdese, NC.

 

Earl Bates was born June 30, 1938 in McDowell County to the late Arvel Samuel Bates and Pearlie McCall Bates.

 

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his first wife, Norma June Watson Bates and two sons, Samuel Ray Bates and Tony Allen Bates, two brothers, James Cecil Bates and Virgil Wayne Bates.

 

Earl had left behind to cherish his memory of his loving wife of 27 years, MARIA LEONOR (“LEN”) BATES of Marion, 2 sisters, Margie Lee Bates Durham and husband Carl of Marion, Frances Lois Hollifield of Marion, several nephews, nieces and cousins and two special friends of the family EDDIE SMITH of Marion who gave us encouragement and has been a great help in time of our need and BRO. GARY GREENE, our pastor of Faith Missionary Baptist Church and his wife VELMA who gave us many hours of prayers and spiritual inspirations.

 

Earl was a lifelong employee of American Thread/Coats North America, retired after 47 years of service and worked as Maintenance Technician.

 

Earl was an active member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in North Cove, Marion.  He is a former member of Hefner Memorial Baptist Church for 52 years saved and baptized in 1951.

 

Earl enjoyed traveling and he was a World Traveler.  He traveled with his wife Len in Sydney, Australia, Honolulu, Hawaii and the big island of Hilo, Hawaii, Hongkong, China, Inchon and Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan and Manila, Phillipines including the island of Bacolod and the so called Hundred Islands in the Philippines.  He has flown to thirty (30) major international airports in different countries.  He also traveled several states in the U.S.A,

 

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Westmoreland Chapel with Rev. Gary Greene and Rev. Mark Hollifield officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.  Interment will be in McDowell Memorial Park at 327 Memorial Park Road, Marion, N. C. 28752.  Flowers are also accepted and/or memorial donations to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care at 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, N. C. 28690

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STACEY BARNES
   Posted Tue March 26, 2013
MARIA,
I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF EARL'S PASSING....I FIRST MET YOU AND EARL MANY YEARS AGO AT DR.CONSING'S OFFICE....OUR FRIENDSHIP GREW OVER THE YEARS....I SO ENJOYED WHEN YOU AND EARL WOULD COME IN AND SHARE YOUR TRAVELING STORIES AND PICTURES WITH US.

I WILL BE PRAYING FOR CONTINUED STRENGTH AND COMFORT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

GOD BLESS
STACEY BARNES

Renato Dioquino
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
Someone as special as Earl will never be forgotten. He will remain in our hearts forever.

Renato & Maria Dioquino

Susan Stafford
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
Len, You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength, comfort and peace.

Gary and Cindy Byas
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
Len,

We are so sorry to hear of Earl's passing. He was such a good friend and co-worker. His friendship and calm consistent demeanor helped to make difficult days at the plant go by much better. He will truly be missed. Len, we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May His peace and comfort envelope you all during this difficult time.

Gary and Cindy Byas

Carmen Gaston
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
With deepest sympathy, I pray God continue to give you the grace and strength as you grieve your husband's loss. For the Good Fridays in our life, Easter Sundays bring us hope eternal and joy in Christ's Resurrection.
May God keep you and bless you with His peace.

Evelyn Lachot
   Posted Thu March 28, 2013
Len,

Please know that you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. I know that there is little I can say to console you but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

Love,
Evelyn Lachot & Family

Carol Davis
   Posted Fri March 29, 2013
Len,

You are in all of our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you during this difficult time. Blessed be.

Dave and Melanie King
   Posted Fri March 29, 2013
IN GOD WE TRUST ALWAYS!

To Earl, in our hearts you will always be there and to Len, we will always be here for you. GOD bless you both!

Our love and prayers,
Dave and Melanie

David Wilson
   Posted Fri March 29, 2013
Dear Len,

I am sorry to hear of Earl's passing. He was such a good man and I know you will miss him so much. I will keep you in my thoughts during this time.

My deepest sympathies.

David Wilson

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