Joe Edward “Buddy” Bates Sr., 69, a resident of Cleveland, passed Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in a local hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of Bradley County and a veteran of the U.S. Army who served four years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Bates.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sarah Ann Bates; two sons, Joe. E. Bates Jr. of Cleveland, and James D. Bates and his wife, Rebecca, of Fountain, Colo.; three granddaughters; two grandsons; three great-grandsons; his mother, Carrie Bates; and four sisters: Ruth and Norman Boring, Carolyn and Ron Culbreath, Virginia and Doyle Hawkins and Dorothy and Daniel Yarbor.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Wildwood Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes.
There is no formal service scheduled; however, at the visitation, the Rev. J.C. Eller and Dr. Oliver McMahan will say some words of comfort to the family and friends.
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