GASTONIA - Clinton Odell Bates, 76, passed away April 29, 2014, at his residence.
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He was born March 28, 1938, in Macon County, son of the late, Robert Henry and Viola Watts Bates.
Clinton was an avid Harley rider and car enthusiast.
He is survived by his significant other, JoAnne McLean, daughter, Tara "Cassie" Conner and husband, Seth; sister, Eunice Reynolds and husband, Ray; brother, Steven Bates; niece, Phyllis Bradley and nephew, Joe Bradley.
A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Thursday at Greene Funeral Service – South Chapel – 1503 S. York Rd., Gastonia, officiated by, Pastor Lewis Gunn.
Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital – PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
Condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneral.com.
Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel
216 Archie Whitesides Road
Gastonia, NC 28052
Published in Gaston Gazette on Apr. 30, 2014