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LTC Pervis M. Bates Sr.

BATES SR. , LTC Pervis M. On May 3, 2013, LTC Pervis M. Bates Sr , 97, passed away peacefully at home in Randallstown, MD. He was born to the late Eugene and Katie Bates in Birmingham, AL on February 24, 1916. He was a graduate of WV State College where he was an All-American, Hall of Famer, and member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. His career started at Howard High in Piedmont, WV as both teacher and coach. He served in US Army for 25 years and was a decorated Officer and Purple Heart recipient. After retirement, he moved to Baltimore, MD, where he was a teacher and vice-principal throughout various schools in Howard County, MD. He was a member of Union Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD since 1967, where he was a trustee and co-chair of the BUILD committee, which provided housing for many African Americans in Baltimore City. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary A. H. Bates; son Pervis (Bua) Bates Jr.; grandchildren

Rahsaan K. and Persis S.D. Bates, Lashawna Black, Orawan Sanitkhum and Suraphuan Noonnak; great grandchildren Naliya and Anyssa Sanitkhum, Leo, Loe, and Ole Noonnak; brother-n-law William Holloway; special cousins Frank and Bernice Beaird; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by Alfred and John Bates (brothers), Viola Bates (sister), Denise A. Bates Echols (daughter), Gladys Bates and Melinda Holloway (sisters-in-law), Donald and John Bates Jr. and Fred "Jimmy" Holloway (nephews).
He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. with a service the day before at Union Baptist Church; 1219 Druid Hill Avenue; Baltimore, MD, 21133. The dates are not set yet but you may check www.unionbaptistchurch.com (410-523-6880) for times (approx.14 weeks).

Published in Baltimore Sun on May 19, 2013
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