GASTONIA - Pauline Bates Martin, 87, of Long Beach, Calif., formerly of Franklin, passed away March 1, 2013.
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She was born in Macon County on Aug.18, 1925, to the late Samuel Napoleon and Mary Angie Shook Bates.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson; a great-granddaughter and her ten brothers and sisters.
She is survived by five children, Eugene Sanders of Gastonia, Wayne Sanders of Westminster, Calif., Paulette Haynes of Heath Springs, S.C., Ken Grant Sr. of Bellflower, Calif. and Sandy Grant Martinez of Long Beach, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews and many extended family members and friends.
A service to celebrate her life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Beech Avenue Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Jeff Cook.
Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Ward Funeral Service, 220 South Broad Street.
The family requests that memorials be made to Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, 401 North Broadway, Weinberg 2242, Baltimore, MD, 21231-2410.
Ward Funeral Service is assisting the Martin family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 8, 2013