BURLINGTON - Dr. Harold Bascom Bates, 86, of Burlington, N.C., died peacefully at home on Jan. 9, 2013 with his wife Emily at his side. Born Sept. 1, 1926 in Savannah, Ga., he was the son of Placidia Miller Bates and Bascom Anquest Bates and the older brother of Charles Allen Bates, all whom preceded him in death.
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Dr. Bates was a graduate of Lanier High School in Macon, Ga., after which he served in the U.S. Infantry in the Pacific Theater for two years during World War II. After earning a BS degree from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., Dr. Bates completed medical school and his residency at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University. His internship was completed at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta.
In 1959, Dr. Bates joined Burlington Urological Associates, from which he retired in 1994. He was certified by the American Board of Urology and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, American Urological Association, North Carolina State Medical Society and the Alamance County Medical Society, where he was former President. Dr. Bates also served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Memorial Hospital of Alamance County and Chief of Staff at Alamance County Hospital.
Dr. Bates was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Burlington, where he also taught church school. A resident of Alleghany County, N.C., he spent half the year at his home in Roaring Gap, N.C. He was a member of High Meadows Golf and Country Club and Alamance Country Club, where he served on the board. Dr. Bates also served on the board of Northwestern Bank.
An avid skier, enjoying many good times at Beech Mountain and on the slopes in Colorado, Dr. Bates also enjoyed a good game of golf. Additionally, he derived great pleasure from his rose garden, building doll houses for his granddaughters and traveling. During his retirement, Dr. Bates was active with Habitat for Humanity and looked forward to his weekly lunches with the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out).
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Emily Atkins Bates; a daughter, Catherine Bates Reading and her husband Bill, of Charlotte; a son, Harold Bascom Bates Jr. and his wife Patti, of Burlington; and four grandchildren, Caroline and Emily Brzozowicz and Elizabeth and Robert Bates.
The Bates family would like to thank the special individuals who were devoted to Dr. Bates' care over the last five years, including Cindy Collins, Charlene Buck, Lacy Madkins, Bill Chambers, Brenda Springs and the staff of Palliative Care at Alamance and Twin Lakes Retirement Village.
After a private graveside service for the family at Pine Hill Cemetery, a celebration of Dr. Bates' life will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 508 W. Davis St., Burlington, N.C. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 508 West Davis St., Burlington, NC 27215 or Habitat for Humanity of Alamance County, P.O. Box 5036, Burlington, NC 27216 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2013