Born 6-8-1928 -- Died 3-3-2006
Tommy Joe Bates, of Mexico, Mo., was born June 8, 1928, in Couch, Mo., the son of Edward and Emmer Bennett Bates. He died March 3, 2006, at the age of 77.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Ann Bates of the home; three sons, Billy Dean Bates of Auxvasse, Mo., Bobby Gene Bates of Mokane, Mo., and Timothy Joe Bates of Mexico, Mo.; five sisters, Virginia Woods of Thayer, Edith Robinson of Thayer, Verbal Miller of Mexico, Mo., Edna Cloven of Mexico, Mo., and Oni Williams of Alton, Mo.; two brothers, Dallas Bates of Thayer and Clint Bates of Paris, Mo.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Emmer Bennett Bates; one sister, Alice Traw; and three brothers, Hosea Bates, Willard Bates and Grover Bates.aServices were held March 11 at the Clary Chapel in Alton with Bro. Doyle Williams officiaing. Burial followed in the Bailey Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton.