Please accept my condolence and heartfelt prayers for the loss of Bill. When someone we love dies naturally we look for comfort, (2 Cor.1:3) says that God is the God of all comfort. It is my hope all of you will find encouragement knowing also that our loving Creator comfort all who mourns the loss of their love ones (Isaiah 61:1, 2).
To the family I want to thank Mr. Bates for that smoked turkey because I love it. I will remember him when I eat turkey now. The family has my deepest sympathy for their loss. May Mr. Bates sleep in peace.
I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
No better words can comfort you than Gods word. Psalms 65:2
May God give comfort in His words.
Proverbs 12:28 In the path of righteousness there is life, and the journey in its pathway means no death
Wanda, you, and all your family are being lifted up in our prayers. Peace to you . Nick and Dare Evans
My condolences to the Bates family. May you find comfort from God's word recorded at Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 regarding the loss of your loved one.
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE BATES FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR MILITARY SERVICE, MR. BATES. GOD WELCOME YOU HOME.
John - Sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jeff Cook, Indianapolis, IN
I am so sorry for your loss. So many memories of my growing up in Ft. Deposit include Jane, Becky and the entire Bates family. My thoughts are with you all at this time.
May you find great happiness in your memories of your loved one until you are reunited.
My sincere and deepest sympathies to his family and friends. May you cherish his memory, as will our loving God (Malachi 3:16).
I can remember going down Hwy 31 from Greenville and seeing the turkeys as a kid and i am 54 now , we will miss you Mr Bates and condolences to the family.
I have known Bill Bates since I was a teenager when he purchased all his tailored made suits from my father in Montgomery,Mr. Cunningham of Cunningham the Tailor. When he heard that one of the young men that sold him Turkey boxes was dating a young lady in Montgomery;Bill asked him what her name was and when Morgan told him Bill said "you better be good to her 'cause I know her family and I will take care of you if you mistreat her.When I married Morgan Edwards in 1958 Bill and Teresa were there. Over the years Morgan helped present some of those Turkeys . Bill was a good friend. When cancer took Morgan last Aug. Bill said to me " I loved that guy he was a great salesman but he was also a honest one. Bill Bates you will be missed by so many that loved your sense of humor,your wonderful smile your work ethics and your love of life and family. Rest in peace my old friend.
Mr. Bates was the epitome of a southern gentleman which is rare these days. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. The days ahead will be difficult, but in the days to come
the peace and happiness that we hope for will be fulfilled on an earth wide scale. All living then on will receive
life forever on a paradise earth with all needs cared for. Isaiah 65:17, 21~23
in God's care rest in peace
With our deepest condolences.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
My condolences to the Bates family. Every trip between my home in New Orleans and Auburn University, where I attended in the 70s, included a stop at Bates for smoked turkey sandwiches with chips and potato salad. Bates House of Turkey is still a must stop whenever we are passing on I-65. Thank you Mr. Bill.
Fishing hunting and just time together over many years will never be forgotten.
You've gotta love a farmer who won't give up!Casey Jefferson, Mt. Shasta, Ca.