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Wilbur O. Bates, Jr.

January 23, 1951 February 11, 2019
Wilbur O. Bates, Jr.
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Obituary for Wilbur O. Bates, Jr.

Wilbur O. Bates, Jr., 68, of Prosperity, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at Lexington Medical Center.

Born on January 23, 1951 in Newberry, he was a son of the late Wilbur Otis Bates, Sr. and Lola Morgan Bates.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War.

He was a talented man, a carpenter, a jack of all trades.

Mr. Bates was an outdoors sort of man who enjoyed his cows, hunting and long days fishing on the river casting just one more time. He was a great conversationalist who never met a stranger and would do anything for anyone.

Wilbur had a lot of love to share with people. His parting words to others were often “I love you man”. And he did love so many, but he especially loved his family.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Edith R. Bates; sons, Thomas Edward Bates, Sr. (Heather Starnes) of Prosperity and Trenton Jacob Bates (Ashli) of Newberry; grandson, Thomas Edward Bates, Jr.; siblings, Jeanette Anderson (Keith) and June Nichols (Tally) all of Leesville; Barbara Livingston (Jimmy) and Wanda Brewer (Marvin) all of Prosperity; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Luther “Buster” Bates.

Mr. Bates' casket will be placed in Bethel Baptist Church at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 16. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM conducted by the Rev. Waco Cotney and the Rev Mike Townsend.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dave Franklin, Trever Lake, Evans Johnson, Paul Richardson, Greg Mattox, and Oscar Moore.

Memorials are suggested to Park Road Baptist Church, PO Box 622, Prosperity, SC 29108.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.whitakerfuneralhome.com.

Whitaker Funeral Home of Newberry is assisting the family.


Previous Events

Service

Saturday

16

Feb

2:00 PM 2/16/2019 2:00:00 PM
Bethel Baptist Church

2503 Bethel Church Road
Prosperity, SC 29127

The casket will be placed in the church at 1:00 PM.

Bethel Baptist Church
2503 Bethel Church Road Prosperity 29127 SC
United States

Visitation

Saturday

16

Feb

3:00 PM 2/16/2019 3:00:00 PM
Bethel Baptist Church

2503 Bethel Church Road
Prosperity, SC 29127

Following the service

Bethel Baptist Church
2503 Bethel Church Road Prosperity 29127 SC
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

2503 Bethel Church Rd
Prosperity, SC 29127

2503 Bethel Church Rd Prosperity 29127 SC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Park Road Baptist Church

PO Box 622
Prosperity, SC 29127
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