Robert Earl “Bob” Bates. Age 72, of Calhoun, passed away Tuesday July 12th at GordonAdvent Hospital.
Bob was born November 3, 1949, in San Mateo, California, son of the late Ray Bates and Irene Allan Bates. Prior to his retirement he was employed with the City of Covington electrical department. He was a veteran the United States Marine Corp. and was a member of the VFW #5376 where he was Past-Commander. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Baxter Bates and his second wife, Brenda Barton Bates, as well as four sisters, Eunice, Margaret, Pat, and Vickie.
He is survived by his brother, Ron Bates, one sister, Janet Smith, one granddaughter, Delana Mahon. Three great-grandchildren, Damien Hopper, Kolman Fowler, and Paisley Mahon also survives.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday July 16th at 11am from the chapel of Thomas Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Erwin Hill Church of God Cemetery. Pallbearers serving will include Damien Hopper, Jeremy Mahon, Allen Perkins, Richard DeFoor, Rex Young, Austin Parsons, and Tyler Schuver. Neal Ward and Kolman Fowler will serve as honorary escorts.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 pm at the funeral home.
You may send condolences to the family at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com
Thomas Funeral Home is proud to have been entrusted with the care of Robert Earl “Bob” Bates.