She was the oldest member of Servilla Baptist Church and “Granny” to all. Born March 25, 1919, to the late John and Laura Farner, she was the eldest of 12.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah Bates; sons: Arnold and Charlie Bates; daughter, Bonnie Bates Tallant; grandson, Danny Kirkland; granddaughters: Karen Kirkland and Rosemary Bates; brothers: Leslie, Wesley and Johnny Farner; sisters: Louise “Loulie” Cheatham, Onibee Ledford, Vedie Dockery and Alzbee Farner; and a daughter-in-law, Sophie Bates.
She is survived by her sons: Raymond Bates and his wife Ethel “Squeak,” Mark Bates and his wife Mondella of Reliance; daughters: Rose Byrd of Dalton, Ga., Willine Martin and her husband Hoyt of Reliance, and Donna Martinez and her husband Santiago of Cleveland; grandsons: Randall Bates and his wife Faye, Mike Barnes, Ricky Barnes and his wife Denise; granddaughters: Kathleen Lillard and her husband Kevin, Shelia Bates, Kathy Barnes, Pam Stanley and her husband Mike, Carla Herron; brothers: R.L. Farner and his wife Irene of Dalton, Fred Farner and his wife Ivadell of Maryville, Paul Farner and his wife JoAnn of Rocky Face, Ga.; sister, Mary Hamby of Tellico Plains; daughter-in-law, Betty Gay; sisters-in-law: Juanita and Lila Farner; and several great- and great- great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A Remembrance of Life service was held Saturday, Jan. 25,2014, at the Wildwood Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Revs. Steve Dills and Scott Hale officiating.
The interment service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Bates Cemetery in Greasy Creek with Randall Bates, Mark Bates, Mike Barnes, Joshua Lillard, Zachery Lillard and Noah Brown serving as pallbearers.
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