Ralph  Bates

Obituary of Ralph E. Bates

Ralph E. Bates, 87, of Kingsport passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, November 20, 2019 at Holston Valley Medical Center. He was born on August 20, 1932 to the late Talmer and Gladys Bates. He was an electrician and worked at several construction sites, Fluor Daniel, Tennessee Electric, and Bays Mountain Construction. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, served four years during the Korean War, and served four years in the Air Force reserve. His hobbies were bee keeping, wood working, gardening, and growing iris and grafting trees.

 

Along with his parents he is preceded in death by, two brothers, Talmer Jr. “Sonny” and Joe Bates; and a little sister, Geraldine.

 

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Frances Bates; five children, Debbie Cox (Greg), Kay Rhoton (Allen), Gay Bush (Mickey), Lisa Wagner, and Ralph Bates II (Melissa); several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

 

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Carter Trent Funeral Home, Downtown Kingsport. A funeral service will follow with Rev. Rick Meade officiating.

 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Holston View Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Hammond Post #3/265. Pallbearers will be Jason Rhoton, Michael Bush, Tyler Lundy, Luke Lundy, Travis Bates, and Hunter Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Rhoton, Mickey Bush, and Greg Cox.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lynn Garden Baptist Church, 301 May Ave, Kingsport, TN 37665 or to Shriners Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children Attn: Office of Development 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. 

 

Carter Trent Funeral Home, Downtown Kingsport is serving the Bates Family.

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Friday
22
November

Receiving of Friends

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, November 22, 2019
Carter-Trent Funeral Home - Kingsport
520 Watauga Street
Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
Friday
22
November

Funeral Service

7:00 pm
Friday, November 22, 2019
Carter-Trent Funeral Home - Kingsport
520 Watauga Street
Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
Saturday
23
November

Graveside Service

11:00 am
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Holston View Cemetery
1383 US-23
Weber City, Virginia, United States