Address: Ocala, Florida
Date of Death: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Arrangements: Webb Funeral Home
Details: Michael Eugene Bates of Ocala, Florida died Sunday, June 22nd at the St. Joseph’s campus of Mission hospitals in Asheville, North Carolina.
Born on March 7, 1939 in Dade County, FL, he was the son of the late Robert Howard and Wretha Willey Bates. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers; Bobby, Larry, and Chuck Bates and his sister; Era Frances Oge.
Michael was a member of the Countryside Baptist Church in Ocala and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He loved to fish, work with wood and traveling.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of fifty-four years; Mary Jean Cox Bates of Ocala, Florida; his sons; Michael Edward Bates of Hawaii and Steven Eugene Bates and partner, David Dick of Gainesville, Florida; and his daughter; Trena Jean Bates and fiancée, Donavan Kargel of Inglis, Florida.
The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence at the memorial service honoring the life of Mr. Michael Bates at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Secluded Valley Campground.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to: American Cancer Society.
Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to our website; www.webbfh.com., selecting Michael Bates name and then you may sign his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, NC is assisting the Bates family.