Billie Bates


Billie C. Bates, 88, of Ocoee, departed this life on June 11, 2021, surrounded by her beloved family.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, J.C. Bates; parents, Englewood and Haley Watts; and siblings: Margaret Hall, Theresa Gregg, Patsy Meyers, Carl Watts, Phillip “Bull” Watts, and Sue Gregg.

Loved ones left to honor her legacy include her current husband, David Puckett; her five loving children: Margaret Wix, Marilyn Bates, Gayle Taylor (Dean Carver), Mitchell (Joan) Bates, and Eric (Julie) Bates; adored grandchildren: Andrew “Drew” Taylor, Mickey (Kalyn) Bates, Sydney (Kason) Harmon, Jacob Bates, and Emily Graham; great-grandson, Braxton Taylor; and sister, Sandra Brown.

A Celebration of Life graveside service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. today, June 13, 2021, at Greasy Creek Cemetery, with her family serving as pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at

Arrangements are entrusted to Higgins Funeral Home of Benton.


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