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Nannie Ruth Gordon Johnson Bates


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Nannie Ruth Gordon Johnson Bates Obituary
Nannie Ruth Gordon Johnson Bates, the only daughter of six children born to the late Collie and Louise Cook Johnson, entered peacefully into eternal rest at her home in Mineral, Va. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. She was with us for 86 years, having been born on March 28, 1932 in Cuckoo, Va.
At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and joined the New Anna Baptist Church in Mineral, where she served as president of the usher board for several years and sang with the Heavenly Echoes. For a long while, she also sang with a group called the West Singers, as well as on the Philippi Christian Church Senior Choir for several years.
She was educated in the Louisa County Public School system through the 11th grade.
On Dec. 5, 1953, Nannie was joined in holy matrimony to the late William James Bates of Kents Store, Va. To this union, five children were born.
She worked as a homemaker for various families in the Mineral area until she retired to care for her husband during his disability.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two daughters, Mary Louise Johnson and Madonna Elizabeth Johnson; four brothers, Harvey, Frank, Leslie, Richard and Chancell Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Melvina Baker Johnson and Joyce White Johnson.
Nannie leaves to cherish her memories her five children, James L. Bates (Joyce) of Louisa, Va., Joyce Whalen and Edith Kitt of Mineral, William Bates (Sonya) of Richmond, Va. and Sadie Hughes (Ellis) of Mineral; eight grandchildren, Kimberly (Corey), Everett Jr., Kenisha (Shawn), Brian (Lisa), Derek, Lamar, Morgan and Harrison; and 11 great-grandchildren, Corey Jr., Lillyan, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Alyssa, Khloe, Aniya, Makaila, Braeden, Kayden and Aubrey; three sisters-in-law, Sadie Harris Johnson and Shirley Coles Johnson, both of Mineral; Elizabeth Bishop Bates of Tarrytown, NY; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at New Anna Baptist Church in Mineral on Tuesday, Jan. 29, with Pastor Mark K. Brown, eulogist, and Pastor Austin G. Bates, officiating. Interment was beside her husband in the County Line Baptist Church cemetery, Kents Store.
D. D. Watson Mortician Inc., Louisa, handled the arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.ddwatsonmortician.com.
Published in Central Virginian on Feb. 7, 2019
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