GASTONIA - Donald Wayne Bates, 74, went to be with the Lord, March 13, 2013, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
He is a native of Gastonia and son of the late Samuel Other Bates and Janie Elizabeth Stewart Bates.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean "Bobbie" McDonald Bates; two brothers, the Rev. John Thomas Bates and the Rev. Jimmy Wallace Bates.
He worked in the textile industry as a salesman and was an employee at River View Inn Fish Camp. He served in the U.S. Navy
, during the Korean War
, including a tour of duty in Japan. At one time in his military career, he and his brother, Wallace, served together on the same ship.
Survivors include long time companion of 15 years, Patricia Arledge; sisters, Edna Champion, Nova Bolynn, Vir-ginia Carpenter and her husband, Carl; sister-in-law, Loretta Bates, all of Gastonia; and many loving nieces and neph-ews.
He was a true sportsman, one who enjoyed the game of golf, with a reported seven holes-in-one. He participated on many invitational tournaments. He also loved deer hunting and tennis.
A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Riverwood Worship Center, 1425 Neil Hawkins Road, Gastonia, officiated by the Revs. Danny Hoell and Rusty Stalvey.
Receiving of friends will be held 1-2 p.m. Monday prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia with honors by the Gaston County Honor Guard.
Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
A guest registry is available at greenefuneral.com.