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July 14, 2014
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. - Rest in peace.
July 13, 2014
The true Essence of Life is rooted in our contribution. You left an impact on Humanity.
Thanx for your contribution
April 18, 2014
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. - Rest in peace Charles James
April 16, 2014
Missing you terribly.
April 13, 2014
Roman, you will dearly be miss, may God keep you, the Bates' family, may God keep y'all, too.
March 09, 2014
Happy Birthday my friend. I miss you and I thank God for allowing you to come into my life when I needed it most. I will forever love you and honor the friendship we had.
January 03, 2014
Blessings to your family! You were always so nice at OSU... And you were a friend!
December 09, 2013
Dad I really miss not spending quality time with you. I will always have you in my heart, your daughter Tyler. Love you the most.
December 08, 2013
The void is more real than ever. It is hard not talking to you daily. I really, really miss you.

Anita.
December 08, 2013
Roman,the holidays will not be the same without you.....
November 18, 2013
The holidays are approaching. I remember our last Christmas together... We went to IHOP!! Thank you for the memories. I am praying for your family as they establish a new normal. Things will never be the same for them. But through Christ they will make it!!!
October 21, 2013
Days are going by. Time is passing and the void of your absence is still there. I will always love you more than ever. Rest on my friend
October 12, 2013
With sincere sympathy and so much disbelief, I would like to extend my love and prayers to the Bates family. Roman was quite special and I will miss running into him and sharing our past. "Blessings to you, Dear Roman. May God shine on your face and the angels rejoice upon your arrival."

Love, Berlinda
October 08, 2013
To the family-May God's Grace be your comfort!
October 07, 2013
Cousin, I remember conversations with you like it was yesterday.There is not a day that goes by that you are not in my thoughts.Memories will never fade."Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am, you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going."-John 14:1-4. The heavens are rejoicing because you are there. Love U Always..
October 07, 2013
I will miss you cousin, Roman.I will always remember when we talked on the phone. You said you liked Cam Newton and was going to come go to a Panthers game. You are the reason I play football.
October 05, 2013
You were so alive, so inspiring, so motivating even when we were not in agreement on things. It is hard coming to terms that you are no longer with us, but God knows best, and I have to accept that. I will keep you and your memories alive in my heart. The strong present you had will always be with me.
October 02, 2013
I have to accept that we won't run into each other at Walmart or pass each other on the street or occasionally converse or text each other. I have to accept that I won't ever hear your laugh or see your smile. I have to accept that you are truly gone.This still doesn't seem real. But I have to accept what God allows. I will always love you!! Thank you for loving me.
My prayers are with your family and friends.
September 30, 2013
Roman inspired so many. He was my classmate and my neighbor. God Bless the Bates family. Hamilton c/o 82
September 29, 2013
Roman you were my breath when I could not breathe, you were my eyes when I could not see, you picked me up when I would fall. I'm every thing I am because you loved me. LOL
September 29, 2013
Roman you were my breath when I could not breathe, you were my eyes when I could not see, you picked me up when I would fall. I'm every thing I am because you loved me.
September 27, 2013
I was just informed of Roman's death. I extend my condolences to the family. It is truly because of Roman that I am an insurance agent today. He didn't get me into the business, but it was his competitive spirit that we vied for top agent. He kept the excitement in the business.
September 23, 2013
My condolences and prayers are with the family during this time of bereavement.
September 19, 2013
To the Bates Family, may the peace of God fill your hearts as you cherish the memory of Roman. We will continue to pray for you all.
September 19, 2013
It has been a heartbreaking moment just knowing that we will no longer see you or be able to talk with you!Although years have passed since our childhood when we really talked and played together as children in church and at school!Friends will always be friends no matter how much time or distance separates you!I have a lot of fond memories of our childhood at church and at home!May you rest in peace,score some touchdowns for us in heaven and know that you will be forever loved and never forgotten! Roman"Blue Shoes"Bates gone to soon,but forever in our hearts
September 18, 2013
God Bless you and Family.
September 17, 2013
I'm still in shock... But God knows best. I will cherish our short time together forever in my heart. I will always love you.
September 16, 2013
MY Prayers are with the family. Roman was my First Best Friend and will forever Be.
September 16, 2013
I love u cousin! There has not been a day or moment passing where I'm not thinking of u . Sydney and I miss u and will cherish the wonderful memories. Until we meet again cousin . .....
September 16, 2013
Patrice, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I spoke with Carolyn and she told me. May you and your family find peace during this most difficult time. Joyce Niter
September 16, 2013
Mrs. Bates,
I'm praying for you and your family. May God continue to sustain you.
September 13, 2013
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. My God comfort you through your pain. Bill Warr class of '71.
September 13, 2013
Mrs. Bates, My prayers are with you and your family, in the passing of your son. Pam Williams/Fairley HS/Class of 1977.
September 13, 2013
September 12, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bates & Thompson families. May the peace of God rest upon you all now & forever. Roman touched many lives now he has taken his rest with the Holy Father. Rest In Him my friend.
September 12, 2013
I will never forget you Roman. You're in my heart forever.
September 12, 2013
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all the family and close one. He was so proud of his nephew who scheduled to attend the Naval Academy. He was one of our favorite patients and we will most certainly miss him.
Dr. Erskine Williams
Williams Family Chiropractic
September 12, 2013
You and I worked out alot, pushing each other to get better while our lives centered around football at that time. The encouragement you gave me I will always cherish. You were definelty a Blessing for God. You will be missed.

Tarrius Gray
Hillcrest High C/O 83
September 12, 2013
To Willie Earl and Joe Ellen Bates and family, the Curtis family is saddened about Roman, he was dear to all of us. We know that God has him in a marvelous place. He is running with angels. We loved Roman
September 11, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
September 11, 2013
MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO THE BATES FAMILY,MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL THREW THIS TIME,ROMAN YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
September 11, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the family of a love young man.
September 11, 2013
To the Bates Family
Roman will truly be missed. We also lost a brother, confidant and true friend. He had been our customer for over 20 years. We love you Roman.
September 11, 2013
To the Bates Family
I prayers are Truly with you at this time, I was stunned to hear of Roman's passing. I send my deepest regards that I was unable to attend the service for my classmate and neighbor, but I want to extend sympathy from the Massey Family, Nina Shelia, Bill and Mae.
Love
Nina Massey Dixon
September 11, 2013
MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE BATES & THOMPSON FAMILY. GRIEF CAN BE SO HARD BUT, SPECIAL MEMORIES WILL HELP YOU COPE.
September 11, 2013
May God wrap his arms around this family during this very difficult time. RIP Roman! God just got another Buckeye to watch over!
September 10, 2013
Mrs. Bates and family,

I am saddened to hear about the home-going of your son. I pray that you will find consolation in the scriptures and peace in quiet prayer.
September 10, 2013
My heart felt sympathy goes out to t Bates family, May the presence of the lord get you through this difficult time.
September 10, 2013
I didn't know Roman personally, but have heard a lot about him when he played football for Hamilton.
My heart goes out to his family. May God bless each & everyone.
September 10, 2013
I KNOW COACH "DUMP" IS HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN AND RIP MY LONG TIME FRIEND :-)
September 10, 2013
ROMAN WILL BE CARRYING FOR THE FATHER WHILE GAINING HIS WINGS. RIP
September 10, 2013
Words can't even describe how my heart feels right now. Roman was truly a guy that had a BIG HEART and love everybody. The Alcy community has lost not only a friend but we lost a brother. Tommorrow is never promise to any of us but deep down in my soul I know for a fact that Roman E. Bates has his wings and he is happy up there in heaven. To to my friend/brother I will miss blowing my horn at you as I turned on Johanna to go to my parents house or just stop and say hey what's going on with you. So you rest in peace and may you have every lasting peace in our father house. Until I meet you again on that Grand Old Day.
September 10, 2013
My prayers go out to the Bates family. I know your hearts are heavy now and you will always have Roman in your hearts. He will be missed by more people around the country you can imagine. Like John Wooldridge said earlier we share the same bond of being Ohio State Buckeyes as freshmen in 1982 Ohio State hasn't had that many great running backs since. Roman was apart of the great history at Ohio State. He will be missed by us and his great family. My Heart is with the family.
September 10, 2013
TO THE BATES FAMILY AND THE LATE MRS.BATES AND FROM THE LATE MRS.ALMETTA PATTERSON CHILGREN'S
WE SEND OUR CONDOLENCES,
PRAYERS TO WILLE EARL AND JO,AND DAUGHTER THAT GOD BE WITH YOU DURNING THIS TIME OR LOSING YOUR SON.
THE PATTERSON KIDS GREW UP WITH THE BATES KIDS AND WENT TO SCHOOL TOGETHER AND ATTEND CHURCH TOGETHER.[THE GREAT REV. S. A. OWEN] [PASTOR]METROPOLITAN CHURCH]
WE WERE NEIGHBORS AND WELL BEHAVE CHILDREN'S WE ALL GREW UP AND LOST CONTACT. BUT NEVER THE LOVE AT A TIME LIKE THIS TO SEND A HELLO AND WE ARE SO SORRY MR. AND MRS. BATES WE FEEL YOUR PAIN.I ALWAYS THINK OF THE BATES FAMIY AND JEANETTE WALKING MRS. PATTERSON TWINS TO SCHOOL AND MY BROTHER'S BECAUSE MY MOM HAD TO BE AT WORK EARLY.
I BARBARA SAVIS AND HUSBAND SEND OUR PRAYERS TO WILLIE AND WIFE[OAK GROVE KENTUCKY]
GOD BLESS
WILLIE EARL AND WIFE AND PATRICA
HIS SISTER'S
THE LATE BONNIE BATES
JEANETTA BATES REYNOLDS
BARBARA BATES PAYNE
THE LATE MRS. PATTERSON
CHILDREN'S ARE IN YOU'LL PRAYERS
THE TWINS
GERALDINE PATTERSON[BEMMIE]
BARBARA PATTERSON[SQUEEKIE]
THE PATERSON'S BOY'S
THE LATE WILLIE LEE PATTERSON
THE LATE JEAN ALICE PATTERSON
THE LATE DAVID PATTERSON
THE STILL LIVING ONES,ARE
CHARLES E. PATTERSON
ROBERT PATTERSON
PAUL A. PATTERSON
ALL LIVIG ARE IN MEMPHIS
I BARBARA SAVIS[PATTERSON]
DO NOT LIVE IN MEMPHIS.
AND HUSBAND JOE SAVIS
SEND OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS
P. O. BOX 161
OAK GROVE KY. 42262
LOVE ALL ARE YOU'LL
IT WAS A BLESSING KNOWING THE BATES FAMILY BECAUSE THEIR MOM WAS AWESOME AND STRICT LIKE MY MOM.[SMILE]
LOVE YOU'LL SQUEEKIE AND HUSBAND[JOE SAVIS]
September 10, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
September 10, 2013
My prayers and sympathy for Willie Earl,a classmate of BTW and family.May the God of all comfort ,comfort you and give you peace. Love, Ethel R.Harris
September 10, 2013
My heart and prayers go out to his entire family.
September 10, 2013
Our prayers are with the entire family may God be with you Roman will be truly missed.Darrell and Stephanie Hudson
September 10, 2013
Willie Earl and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Addie Gray and Family
September 10, 2013
So Sorry for your loss, Patrice and Bates Family. My God Comfort you during this time.
September 10, 2013
My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Bates family, as we all share in his loss. Rome was the first teammate I met when I stepped onto The Ohio State University campus. He was a good person, a tremendous athlete, and a bunch of laughs. I enjoyed our years together and truly enjoyed having him as a fellow running back for the Buckeyes.
Peace to you my man!
J. Dub #25
September 10, 2013
God has called one mighty angel home. Our prayers got out.
September 10, 2013
My sincere thoughts and prayers to all of the Bates' family members and friends. Roman was the first Ohio State teammate I met when I stepped foot on campus. He was a good person, a tremendous athlete and a lot of laughs. I enjoyed my time with Rome at Ohio State and really enjoyed having him as a fellow Buckeye running back. Rome, you can never be forgotten. Peace to you my man!!
J. Wooldridge #25
September 10, 2013
My LS I cannot begin to know the sorrow you are experiencing for the loss of a beloved child (an unnatural thing for a parent to bury a child no matter how old); however, I do know that in this moment and the moments to come God will grant you peace. Roman was a wonderful soul and person. Take comfort in the knowledge that Roman is still with you, not in body but in spirit, and you will see each other again. My sister you are forever in my thoughts and prayers; I am here should you need me.
September 10, 2013
Roman "Blue Shoes" Bates, thank you for making our football games so exciting...there was never a boring moment when you played... My thoughts and prayers are with the Bates family. (Rena Cooper - Hamilton High Class of 1983)
September 10, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you, the Thompson/Bates family. May you continue to find and seek comfort and understanding in Him, our Father. Roman was always so very kind and willing. Our lives are richer having met Roman and the Thompson/Bates family. As you already know, to be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord.
September 10, 2013
My condolences to the Bates family. R.I.P. I didn't know him personally, but I graduated with his sister Patrice and they were my neighbors.
September 10, 2013
Ain't no need to worry what the night is gonna bring; it will be all over in the morning. Love The Fleming's - Delsa. Teresa, Polly, Arlester aka FooFoo & Mary
September 10, 2013
Roman was a teammate and friend. Will miss you my brother. RIP and my prayers go out to your family and friends. I know our loss is heaven's gain.
September 10, 2013
There has never been another to run the ball like you (and Everett) May your legacy never be forgotten. RIP Roman Mr. Blues Shoes" Patrice Big Brother(HHS Majorette c/o 85)
September 10, 2013
My prayers and thoughts for the entire family and friends. - Doc Bullard
September 10, 2013
The DeBerry-Brooks family wishes to offer our condolences to the Bates family during this most difficult times.Please know that the love of the LORD is with you. Roman was a such a clown at times but he truly was a cool person. Gone to soon! R I P classmate!!! Bryant c/o 82 Cynthia c/o 84 and Jerald c/o 83
September 10, 2013
I lost a friend and a hero. Rest in peace big un.
September 10, 2013
May Gods Love and Peace overtake you during this time! Rest In Love Roman!
September 10, 2013
My friend 20 years of conversation, and a dear friendship I will always hold in my heart. I love you very much Roman Bates, You impacted my life and I will always hold the memories near my heart. I love you always.. Anita Your friend for life.
September 10, 2013
THE BROWNLEE FAMILY IS SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.
September 10, 2013
September 10, 2013
To the Bates Family we love you and our hearts pour out to you over the loss of Roman...We will miss our superstar cuz " Blue Shoes" May God be with you
September 09, 2013
On behalf of the Willis family I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Bates family. The good they do die young. May HE grant you the strength to get thru this trying time.
September 09, 2013
My prayers and thoughts for the entire family and friends.
September 09, 2013
There are no real words of comfort during a time like this. it is so very difficult to experience the loss of a loved one. Especially, when it is one in the prime of life. Wille Earl, Joe Ellen, Patrice, Jerry please know you are in my prayers and thoughts. May God grant you peace in th midst of this storm...
September 09, 2013
We are very sorry for your lost. We are praying for the family.
September 09, 2013
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
September 09, 2013
TO THE BATES FAMILY, MAY THE LORD COMFORT YOU DURING THESE TIMES. GOD BLESS AND KNOW THAT ROMAN IS IN A GOOD PLACE, "SAFE IN HIS ARMS".
September 09, 2013
Please accept our deepest, heartfelt condolence.
Darryl & Sharon Genus
September 09, 2013
R.I.P Roman My Condolences to the Bates Family.The Best Running Back in Memphis History.
September 09, 2013
My condolences to the Bates family! I knew Roman when we were little kids playing football at the Mason YMCA. He grew up to be a fine man and I will always remember his contagious smile!RIP my friend!
September 09, 2013
Someone as special as Roman will never be forgotten. Roman will remain in our hearts forever.
September 09, 2013
Ms. Bates,
So sorry for your loss. May God continue to bless you and your family through this time.
Roslyn Gatewood Quinn, FHS c/o 85
September 09, 2013
My prayers are with the Bates family!!! R.I.P. Blue Shoes
September 09, 2013
R.I.P., Roman. Also sending my deepest condolences to the Bates family. May God bless and keep you all.
September 09, 2013
Roman was like a brother to me while he played for Hamilton High School before I was ever a student. My father, Melvin Earnest, better known as, Coach "Botto" my mother and I truly will be praying for the family. In our heart and prayers. Trina Earnest
September 09, 2013
Bates family, may the comfort of the lord keep you in this time of bereavement, you are in my prayers. Roman was a great classmate, he will truly be missed.
Melanie Bryant Bradley c/o 82
September 09, 2013
Mr.& Mrs. Bates and family

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with sudden loss of Roman. He was a friend and a neighbor. I had just spoken with him last week in City Hall and as usual always a smile. God Bless the Bates Family
September 09, 2013
TO THE BATES FAMILY, MY CONDOLENCES CLASS OF 82. HE WILL EARN MORE OF THOSE BLUE SHOES. RIP
September 09, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with in this sad time. Rest In Peace, "Roman Blue Shoes Bates" HHS/82
September 09, 2013
To the Bates Family,
Anyone who grew up the the 80s knew the legend that was Roman Bates. We will miss him on this side, but we will meet again someday. Offering you my deepest and most heartfelt condolences.
September 09, 2013
As part of a younger group growing up in Metropolitan, we looked up to Roman as the epitome of cool. You have my sincerest condolences and are in my and my wifes thoughts and prayers.
September 09, 2013
Please let the Willie L. Bates family know if you need anything from us. God bless you all!
September 09, 2013
RIP 'BLUE SHOES' CHAMPIONS, Thanks to you. #68 C/O 82
September 09, 2013
My Condolences to the Bates family,It was fun to go to football games to see you play the game you Love. R.I.P.

Donald A.Sesley C/O 82
September 09, 2013
What a wonderful man with a beautiful spirit. We will remember your smile and your kind demeanor. Peace and Love,

Hamilton Quarterback, 1980
September 09, 2013
To the Bates family I give my heart felt condolences during this challenging time. I pray that God provides comfort and His peace upon you. Roman will truly be missed.
September 09, 2013
Dear Bates family,

I fondly remember Roman and his entire sweet family from my time at Metropolitan Baptist Church, aka "The Met". My memory of Roman will be the smile that he always wore - especially when talking to or talking about his neice and nephew.

May God's peace surround the Bates family, now and in the days to come.

Rosalyn M. Reed
September 09, 2013
TO WILLIE EARL AND YOUR FAMILY : WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT EARTH HAS NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CANNOT HEAL.WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU . YOUR OHIO COUSINS, L.C.,ROBERT(BRO.)&LEROY BATES.TOLEDO
September 09, 2013
The Bates Family,
I was sadden to hear of your loss. May you find comfort and peace in Christ.

Toni Y. House
September 09, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Bates and Pamela:
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May God's healing balm soothe your hearts and dry your tears. Not only was Roman an exceptional athlete, he was also an exceptional person. The world is better because he lived. I am honored to have known him.
September 09, 2013
Bro. Bates know that your family are in our deepest prayers. The Office of the Shelby Co. Trustee, David Lenoir.
September 09, 2013
My deepest condolences to the Bates family. May God surround his comforting arms around you during this time of bereavement.

Delta Monique Y. Williams
Memphis Alumnae
September 09, 2013
To Mr and Mrs. Willie E. Bates, From the entire family of Rev Willie L. Bates we are praying for you all in your time of grief. Your lost is shared by us as well. If there is anything we can do for you, you all know where we are. May Roman RIP.

Rev. Thomas Bates
September 09, 2013
To the Bates family, my prayers go out to each of you and may God fill your days to come with more joy than sorrow. I attended Junior High with Roman and a teammate of his, we competed against each other later, but the friendship we developed never waivered. I will truly miss this great MAN an Brother.

RIP!! Romam
William Tennial
Scrapper C/O 82
September 09, 2013
Roman was like a big brother. I'm thankful for the time God blessed me to share with him.
September 09, 2013
May God comfort the family anf all The Wildcats that loved Roman. Shine on Blue Shoes !!
September 09, 2013
I pray for your strength in your time need. I meet him many years ago and found him to be an impeccable young man. I'm sure he will be greatly missed!!!!
September 09, 2013
May God watch over the Bates family.RIP Blue Shoes thanks for memories.
September 09, 2013
May GOD continue to bless the Bates family during these difficult times. Roman will be greatly missed.
September 09, 2013
Roman thanks for the friendship we shared. I will always remember you. Until we meet again.

Kennen
September 09, 2013
God Bless the Family.

Sharon Bates Jackson
September 09, 2013
To Mr. Willie Earl, Mrs. Bates, Patrice and the Family, I would like to offer my condolences on the loss of Roman. He is now running for God as an Angel watching and protecting you from above.
Ray Carter-HHS c/o '84
September 09, 2013
Thinking of you all in this difficult time. Roman has made a special impact on so many in so many ways....and done so with a smile. May his spirit live on! Patrice, holding you close,
September 09, 2013
Praying for your family in your time of grief.
September 09, 2013
You will always be in our hearts .R.I.P Blue Shoes.
September 09, 2013
I appreciate Romans cheerful spirit and upifting smile. He was a great soul and a winner at heart. To Patrice and family: I pray GOD brings peace to you.
September 09, 2013
May God be with the Bates family. From Larry Smith & Family
September 08, 2013
Bro. Willie Bates;
Prayers for you and your family
Bro Que Snider
September 08, 2013
September 08, 2013
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
September 08, 2013
My condolence to the Bates family so sorry for your lostt I will keep u all in prayer RIP my dear friend Roman Bates
September 08, 2013
Rest in Christ's comfort family....He is able to do what no other can during this unexpected situation. My deepest sympathy Bates family
September 08, 2013
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
September 08, 2013
May the thoughts of sympathy from your friends help ease your pain at this difficcult time and give you good memories of Roman. God bless the Family.
September 08, 2013
My Prayers and Condolences truly go out to the Bates Family.RIP Roman, a " Blue Shoes" Wildcat that will NEVER Be Forgotten!! Rita Champion Brookins
September 08, 2013
Peace and blessings to the Bates family. May God comfort you and grant you the light of understanding.
September 08, 2013
My condolences to the Bates Family. Roman was a dear friend during our college days. His easy going personality and warm smile was always there. He will be missed by all of his fellow Buckeyes. Rest In Peace Roman.Until we meet again.
September 08, 2013
I go to prepare a place for and where I am you may be there also. Rest in peace Roman. To the Bates family hold on to God's unchanging hands.
September 08, 2013
May God's comfort and peace be with the Bates family. Roman's memory will live in the hearts of many, especially the Hamilton High School c/o 82.
September 08, 2013
To the Bates family, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved son, Roman. I remember your family from Metropolitan years ago when Roman and Patrice were in high school. My deepest Christian love and sympathy to you.
September 08, 2013
I am so truly sorry for the family's loss. May God be with you through this most difficult time. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
September 08, 2013
Deepest sympathy to the Bates Family.
Roman,an outstanding man who shared his
kindness that touched the lives of many.
September 08, 2013
Roman you will be truly missed but forever in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bates Family
September 08, 2013
My condolences to the family for your loss. My prayers are with your family. RIP Roman.
September 08, 2013
I am praying for God's peace and comfort to be on the Bates family and Roman's friends. He will be dearly missed.
September 08, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Roman you will forever be in our hearts and thoughts
September 08, 2013
May God bless your family and provide peace.
September 08, 2013
I am praying for peace, comfort & understanding for the family, only God will bring you this. R.I.P. Roman.
September 08, 2013
My Prayers and Condolences to the Bates Family. Roman and I first met as I hosted him on his college recruiting visit at The Ohio State University over 30 years ago. He became a teammate and lifetime friend who I will always remember. R.I.H. Buckeye # 28 and Love Always, Kelvin A. Bell Sr. # 4.
September 08, 2013
Rest in Peace Roman! Great memories of a Hamilton Wildcat icon!
September 08, 2013
My sincere prayers for the Bates family. I pray God will keep you in His loving care during this time and the days to come.
September 08, 2013
Mr. Bates, Sorry to hear about Roman's passing. Our prayers of comfort and peace are with you and your family…… And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also – Jesus Christ.

QB - Class of 81
September 08, 2013
God will be your comforter through the hard time. May god bless and keep you.
September 08, 2013
My prayers goes out to the Bates family. May God give you peace during this time of bereavement.
September 08, 2013
Peace to the family and I will continue to lift you up in the name of Jesus. I am so sorry about your lost and know that Roman is watching down from the heavens above. Prayer to the entire family
September 08, 2013
I remember Roman because he was friends with my cousin, the late George E. King II. (HHS c/o 82) My prayers are with the Bates family.
September 08, 2013
Praying for the Bates family. Roman will definitely be missed from the Hamilton high class of 1982. God bless!
September 08, 2013
September 08, 2013
I am truly sorry to hear of his passing. I am praying for the family and know that he is rejoicing in Heaven with the Angels !
September 08, 2013
I am deeply hurt and saddened. My prayers are with the family. Roman was very near and dear to my heart, and I will miss him very much.
Rest in Peace.
September 08, 2013
To the Bates family and I are sorry for your loss. I can remember going to old EH Crump Stadium and hearing the announcer saying, “That was Bates on the carry.” I also played against Roman and he always showed great sportsmanship. Mr. BLUE SHOES is how you will always be remembered.
Curtis Reynolds(Memphis Central High)
September 08, 2013
You will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for the laughter, food, and for being a role model to my children. You were there for me when I needed it most. Rest on my friend. You are at peace and take your rest. Your life has impacted athletes and everyone you came in contact with. I was glad to see your smile last summer in Kroger's. I didn't know that would be the last time I saw you. But you were happy and that made me happy. I am glad we were friends. I love you Mr. Roman!!
September 08, 2013
Roman will be truly missed a good friend is never forgotten. I will always keep you in my heart. I would like to wish the Bates family comfort during this time of grief. Anita Payne-Williams
September 08, 2013
When I first laid eyes on you, I knew that you were destined to do great things. During the many practices and games, you had that certain glow about you. I will never forget when you would ask me at the end of each game "how did I do" and I would just reply back "look at the scoreboard". I would always tell you to run with your knees high. Roman will always be in all of our hearts forever. He earned his blue shoes as a Hamilton Wildcat and now he has won his golden shoes in heaven. We will meet again to start the blue machine all over again. One of your mother's favorite students.
September 08, 2013
To the Bates Family,

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God strengthen and encourage you today and the days to come.

Denise King - Hamilton High - Class of '82
September 08, 2013
Willie Earl and Jo, I am very sorry for your lost. May you remain strong in the face of this adversity. God bless.
September 08, 2013
Although no words can really help to ease the sudden loss of Roman you bear, just know that the family is in my thoughts and prayers.
September 08, 2013
So sorry to hear about this untimely death. Roman was a good person.
September 08, 2013
Prayers go out to the family and close friends of Roman E. Bates. Know that God will heal the void that you are feeling from Roman's physical absence. Your faith in God and Jesus Christ will allow to see him again.
Sincerely,
Haven and Demetria Maxwell Hughlett
September 08, 2013
May God continue to be the source of your supply. We are praying with you and for you.
September 08, 2013
Roman you knew how to be a true friend. You will be greatly missed by many.
September 08, 2013
My prayers go out to the entire Bates family. May God bless and uplift you in these times.
September 08, 2013
Rest in peace Blue Shoes. To a friend and Hamilton High class mate that will surely be missed. May there be peace unto your family.
September 08, 2013
May the Blood of Jesus cover you and keep you in the loss of your Loved one. My Prayers are with you now and the days to come. God Bless you all !!!
September 08, 2013
My prayers to you the family on the loss of my classmate (81) Roman E. Bates...I pray that GOD give's each and everyone of you comfort and peace at this time. May he rest in heaven with our LORD & SAVIOR....
September 08, 2013
My condolences to the family, may God comfort you all through these times. Be Blessed!
September 08, 2013
I express my sincere condolences to the Bates family. I was told by my dad that Roman asked how I was doing and am sorry that I never got the chance to meet him. RIP my brother/91'
September 08, 2013
I express my sincere condolences to the Bates family. I was told by my dad that Roman asked how I was doing and am sorry that I never got the chance to meet him. RIP my brother/Class of 91'
September 08, 2013
To the Bates Family, May God continue to wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you with the peace that only He can give. You are in my prayers! A true Hamiltonian.

Sandra Dee Garrison
September 08, 2013
THE STAFF OF R.S.LEWIS & SONS FUNERAL HOME, WOULD LIKE TO OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW.
September 08, 2013
my prayers goes out to the family,may God continue to strengthen you doing this difficult time .
September 08, 2013
Farewell my friend and classmate. You will always and forever be our HERO. We, the Class of '82 salutes you. We love you. May you forever have eternal rest and peace.
September 08, 2013
My condolences to the Bates Family. May you find peace at the time of sorrow in your life. The football team of 81 always looked at him as a "True Warrior" and now he has gone on to be an Angel. RIP, Roman.
September 08, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Norma Batts
September 08, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
September 08, 2013
From the 1959 Class of B.T.W. We are sadden for your loss.God will give you strength to bare these times.God bless you and your family.
September 08, 2013
My condolences and prayers go out to the Bates family during this difficult time .   Hamilton High c/ 82
September 08, 2013
To Bates family and dear friends my God keep you in your time of lost. Roman will be missed, but just know he will not be forgotten. You have my deepest sympathy.
September 08, 2013
To the Bates and Family
I would like to send my deepest sympathy. May God Bless and Comfort you during this sad time.
Robin Harris, Memphis,Tenn
September 08, 2013
God bless the Bates family during your time of bereavement.

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Rev. Harold Bates Sr. & Get Recovered Ministries members
September 08, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Please remember he God of all comfort and if you look to him for answers he will give them to you.
September 08, 2013
To the family of Roman Bates you have my heartfelt sympathy for the passing of your love one , may God Bless and keep you doing this time of bereavement .
September 08, 2013
Mr.and Mrs. Bates my prayer is that The Lord comfort you at this time. He will never forsake you just take it to God in prayer.
September 08, 2013
To my family at 4way Grill, You are all in my prayers. God is our help in the time of trouble. You must look to the hills that's where your help comes from. Roman was always such a nice and respectful young man, always smiling and willing to help you in whatever way he could. We all loved him but God loved him best. RIP Roman.
September 08, 2013
Me and my family are praying with you and for you.
September 08, 2013
My Prayers goes out to the family of Roman i knew him from hamilton i came out n c/o 81 Roman will be missed RIP my brother
September 08, 2013
I didnt go to school with Roman but we all knew him ( Blue Shoes ) the family will be in my Prayers Stay n Encourage Im BigCat Sister
September 08, 2013
My Prayers are with the family Roman will be missed RIP my brother
September 07, 2013
Willie Earl & Jo, We pray that God grants you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Deepest sympathy,
September 07, 2013
RIP to a great High School Football teammate. We was called the DYNAMIC DUO at Hamilton High in 1982.. He will be missed but not forgotten!!!
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