William E. Bates
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William Ellison Bates, 73, of Ridgeland, MS, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland.
Born on October 4, 1939, in Meridian, MS, Bill was the son of the late Lyle and Jane Bates of Jackson. A 1957 graduate of Murrah High School, he served as senior class president , captain of the football team, and was an Eagle Scout. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he was president of Sigma Nu fraternity, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Bill served as a captain in the United States Air Force for four years. He went on to work for Arthur Anderson in Houston and Dallas before returning to Jackson as Executive Vice President of Security Savings and Loan. He later, after years of serving as both an active volunteer and board member, worked for United Way of the Capital Area.
Bill loved spending time at his hunting camp with friends and cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels, but he cherished most the time spent with his grandchildren. With a servant's heart, Bill actively sought opportunities to help others. He was a member of Explorers Bible Study and attended St. Columb's Episcopal Church.
Bill is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ronnie Bates; his daughter, Brette Bates(George Lobsenz ); his sons, Cliff Bates (Amy)and Ham Bates(Lacey); his brother , Lyle Bates, Jr.(Cela) ; his aunt, Mary Allen, his grandchildren, Charlie and Olivia Lobsenz, Ellis , Owen, and Levi Bates, and Baylor and Britton Bates, and his nephews; Chris and Scott Bates.
Visitation will be held at St. Columb's Episcopal Church, Ridgeland, MS on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 4-6 pm and at 10 am Monday, January 21, 2013. Funeral service will be held at 11 am Monday following visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in memory to 200 Million Flowers Adoption Agency, 128 North Maple Street • Suite A • Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157 or The
, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213
Published in Clarion Ledger on Jan. 20, 2013