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Byron "Beans" Bates Obituary
Bates, Byron "Beans" Byron A. (Beans) Bates, Jr. born June 6, 1918 in Pilot Point Texas. Son of Byron A Bates, Sr. and Ruth (Sally) Bates who preceded him in death along with his sister Maxine Bates Simmons. He is survived by his wife Billy Jean of 68 years, 2 sisters Leta (Frank) Lassetter of Dallas and Jane Goode of Colleyville, son Randy Bates of Aurora MO, daughter Ruth Ann (Wes) Johnson of Toledo OH, 4 grandsons and spouses, 10 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. He worked for the Dallas Morning News for 52 years taking a 5 year break to enlist in the U.S. Navy for WWII. While at the News Beans started as a paperboy delivering twice a day and then worked in retail advertising. Upon entering the Navy he was first on the aircraft carrier, Saratoga, largest carrier in the fleet. The ship went into Pearl Harbor 7 days after the attack. While on board the Saratoga was dry docked twice from being hit by torpedoes. Beans finished his tour of duty on the Shipley Bay. Beans was given his nickname early on by a young man on a sandlot ball team who names all players as a vegetable. Beans loved playing baseball and was an avid golfer. He played into his early 90's carrying an 8 handicap at one time. He and his wife, Billy, took numerous golf vacations along with many family and friends while pulling an RV across the United States and lower Canada. Beans was dedicated to his church, Trinity Presbyterian until it closed and they transferred their membership to First Presybterian Church in downtown Dallas. He served the Lord as a teacher, usher, and Elde. He was the mailman for Grace Presbyterian Village from soon after they arrived in 2003 until January of 2014. Beans was truly honored and thrilled to be a part of the WWII Honor Flight 17 from DFW to Washington D.C. He was greatly humbled by the honor and admiration that this country showed all the Vets on that trip. Beans was a loving father and grandfather. True to his word and always setting a good example. He told his son "Be honest and be fair". There will be a Celebration of Life Service at Grace Presbyterian Village 550 E. Ann Arbor, Dallas TX 75216 at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Visitation at Grace Presbyterian Village will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Memorial Services will take place Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church 1835 Young St., Dallas 75201. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Grace Presbyterian Caring Fund of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 24, 2014
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