Services for Melton L. 'Fate' Bates, 79, of Lufkin, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, August 5, 2012 in the Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches County, Texas. Mr. Bates was born August 2, 1933 in the Shady Grove Community, the son of the late Maybell (Grayson) and William Bates. He passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2012 in a local hospice facility. Mr. Bates was employed at the Lufkin Coca Cola Bottling Company for 23 years. He enjoyed fishing, boating, and hunting birds and squirrels. He served his country in the United States Army. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Bates of Lufkin; sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn and Kathy Bates of Raven Wood, Missouri, Richard and Dani Bates of Forney and Kent and Toni Bates of Forney; son, Jeff Bates of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Carole Ann and Ernie Randolph of Nacogdoches, Karen and Bruce Chapin of Mason City, Iowa; Angie Burton of Lufkin, Pam and Tim Dwyer of Seguin and Tina and Charles Hartfield of Lufkin; brother, Willie 'Junior' Bates of Nacogdoches; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members. Mr. Bates was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cherrie Higgins; son, David 'Bubba' Powers; brothers, Claude Bates, Jimmy D. Bates, Earl Bates, Thomas Jefferson (Doc) Bates, William Franklin (Rassie) Bates; Aultus (Bosie) Bates and Floyd Alton (Happy) Bates; and sister, Lucille Crisp. Pallbearers will be Jason Strawn, Leia Wilson, Corey Wilson, Justin Berwick, Michael William, Jermiah Randolf, Benjamin Randolf and Stephen Randolf. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnathan Randolf and Jarrett Bates. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening at Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home. Services are in the care of Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home
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Published in The Lufkin Daily News from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2012