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JOHN HENRY BATES JR., 85 ROCKFORD - John Henry Bates Jr., 85, of Rockford departed this earthly life Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. He was born Nov. 7, 1927, in Rossville, Tenn., the son of John Sr. and Ophelia Bates. John lived in Rockford since 1966, coming here from Memphis, Tenn. He married the Armelda Robinson, on April 2, 1949, in Holly Springs, Miss.; she preceded him in death. John was employed by Rockford Power Train, formerly Rockford Clutch, for 31 years before retiring. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. John was a former member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. church. He attended schools in Tennessee. He was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan. John, leaves to cherish many loving memoires three sons, Carl H. (Jessie) Bates, Stanley (Carolyn) Bogard and Chad Jackson; two daughters, Retia F. Bell and Lois Pickens; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ella Pearl Squire; brother, Wilfort (Geraldine) Malone; a host of other relatives and friends. He was also predeceased by parents; son, Antonio D. Bates; and two brothers. Special thanks to Bright Side Adult Day Center and Alden Park Strathmoor Nursing Home. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Allen Chapel A.M.E. church, 3000 Rural St., with Pastor Charlene B. Mills officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to service time. Arrangements completed by Carl E. Ponds Funeral Home, 2429 W. State St. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2013
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