Jerry F. Bates(1931 - 2017)

Jerry F. Bates, 86, of Gulfport, Miss. passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport with family at his side.
Jerry was born on July 24, 1931 in Jackson, Miss. to James and Ivy Bates. Jerry was a longtime resident of Gonzales, La. and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary B. Bates (Gulfport); children, Deborah B. Martin (Jim), Jerry L. Bates (Mitzi), Barry J. Bates (Tammy) and David A. Bates; siblings, Hazel McDonald, Charles K. Bates and Robert W. Bates; grandchildren, Sarah Bates Paul (Dave), Kayla L. Bates, Benjamin M. Bates (Katy), Christopher J. Bates, Jade E. Bates, Cameron A. Bates and John Patrick Bates and great granddaughter, Vivian Noelle Paul.
Jerry was preceded in death by his son Mark E. Bates, parents James and Ivy Bates and siblings James L. Bates, Helen A. Giadrosich and Cecil Lynn Bates.

Published in Gonzales Weekly Citizen from Dec. 14 to Dec. 21, 2017