Rev. Arlo Daniel "Dan" Bates
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Rev. Dan Bates, age 88, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Jackson Madison Co. General Hospital.
He was born March 25, 1924 in Hillsdale, MI, the son of the late Robert Bates and Maude Fairbanks Bates. He graduated from Ben Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids, IA in 1942; graduated from Union University with a BA in 1946, and from Southwestern Seminary with a Master of Religious Education in 1948. He met his future wife of 65 years, Martha Frances Rainey, at West Jackson Baptist Church in 1942, and they were married June 3, 1945 at West Jackson, by Dr. R.E. Guy.
Dan began his career as Baptist Student Union Director at the University of Florida, then Arkansas. He then served as Minister of Education in churches in Tennessee, Virginia, Mississippi and North Carolina. He was a member of the Exchange Club since 1955, and received the Distinguished Staff Award from Union University in 1988. Rev. Dan's advice on how to live a happy life "Be active in church, Love your family and treat all people with respect."
He is survived by his son, Robert Frank "Bobby" Bates and wife Sue Gilmore Bates of Wildersville, TN; a daughter, Diane Deschenes and husband Paul of Jackson, TN; two brothers and one sister; two grandchildren, Daniel and Anna Marie Deschenes of Jackson, TN.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Frances Bates and a grandson, Gabriel Bates.
Memorials may be directed to the Carl Pekins Center Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, P.O. Box 447, Jackson, TN 38302.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors, with Rev. Lonnie Sanders officiating. Entombment will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., at Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, (731) 668-1111; www.arringtonfuneralgroup.com.
Published in The Jackson Sun on Mar. 7, 2013