He served in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Carter High School. While working his way up the ladder at Alcoa Aluminum, he diligently pursued his education and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in business. Shortly after graduating, he was recruited by Bowater Southern where he spent the majority of his professional career.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his grandchildren, perhaps even more than he liked spending time on the golf course.
His enthusiasm for life, his sense of humor, and commitment to his family and friends will long be remembered by the people whose lives he touched. Spending time contemplating the words of the Lord and singing in church choirs was something he also thoroughly enjoyed. His last church membership was at First Baptist Church in Concord.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bruce and Sybil Bates; his father and mother-in-law, Hubert and Elpha Stair; brothers-in-law: Ronnie Witt and Gary Stair; and his nephew Greg Stair, all from the Knoxville area.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ginger Bates; his oldest daughter, Lorinda and her three children Steve, Eric and Samuel Landrum as well as Lorinda’s fiancé, David Riley, of Omaha, Neb.; his son, Jim II of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his youngest daughter, Susan, and her husband, Chuck Evans, of Cleveland, and their children, Luke, Meryn, Laura and Julia; his sisters: Charlotte and her husband, Steve Swaggerty, of Strawberry Plains, Judy and her husband, David Hayes, and Barbara Witt, all of Knoxville; his brother, Bob Bates and his wife, June, of Dandridge; his brother-in-law ,Ronnie Stair and his fiancé, Jo Ann, of Strawberry Plains; and many nieces and nephews.
He will be fondly remembered by those whose life he touched and who loved him.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel followed by a Celebration of Life at 4:30 p.m. with the Rev. Steve Witt officiating.
Military honors will be conferred by the U.S. Navy. For more information visit www.clickfuneralhome.com.