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Fred Bates, 94, of Flatwoods, died Friday, May 5, 2017, at his home, following an extended illness.
He was born Sept. 2, 1922, in Happy Ridge, a son of late Walter and Mary Young Bates.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Williams Bates; five sisters, Edna Gillium, Eva Leadingham, Alma Woods, Drusie Bates and Mary Alice Riffe; and four brothers, David, Isadore, John and Russell.
He retired from AK Steel T&L Department and was of the Christian faith. He was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was a Kentucky colonel, a loving dad, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his Gaither Gospel music and bluegrass gospel.
Fred is survived by his son, Danny (Carla) Bates of Flatwoods; daughters, Brenda (Bill) Lynch of Russell and Penny (Delbert) Burton, whom he raised, from Columbus; a sister-in-law, Dorothy (Curtis) Stratton of Ashland; two grandchildren, Scott (Jenny) Bates of Bellefonte and Christy (Brian) Calridge of Versailles; three great-grandchildren, Grant and Gracie Bates, and Sadie Rose Calridge; his champion and best friend, Emily Bowels of Morehead; and a host of extended family and friends and good neighbors.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Evans Funeral Home in Raceland with Mathew Saunders officiating. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods with military rites.
Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Published on May 6, 2017
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