Services for W. J. Bates will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 1 p.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel with Dr. Billy James and Rev. Lawrence Runnels officiating. Burial will follow in Bethsaida Cemetery in Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Bates, 83, died Monday, March 12, 2018, at his home. He was a native and longtime resident of Neshoba County and co-owner of B & G Equipment, Inc. He was also the founder and former partner of B & G Wood Products.
Mr. Bates was a member of Bethsaida Baptist Church where he had served as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and served on the cemetery and finance committees. He was a member and former board member of the Mississippi Forestry Association and the Neshoba County Forestry Association. He was a past Rotary Club member and Paul Harris Fellow.
Survivors include his children, Doug Bates (Cynthia), Debbie Webb (Stan), Tammy Lee (Jeff), all of Philadelphia, and Melissa Kelley (Rodney) of Petal; nine grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Bates was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn Jayroe Bates; parents, Virgil M. Bates and Norma Carter Bates; and sister, Mary Annie Bates Musgrove.
In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials are made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Blair E. Batson Hospital For Children, or a favorite charity.
Published on March 13, 2018