Richard Bates
1935 - 2019
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Richard Troy Bates
Richard Troy Bates "Dick", born April 26, 1935 in Azel, Texas, passed away at his residence July 19, 2019 surrounded by his family.
He married his high school sweetheart, Edith Ann Edwards, then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country with honor.
After serving in the Army, Dick attended Texas A&M University and was a member of the football team coached by legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.
Once his playing days had finished, Dick developed a passion for football officiating. His long career as a football official included time as President of the Houston Chapter of the TASO from 1976-1977,
Distinguished Service Award (1999) and Honorary Life Membership.
The family moved to Houston in 1967 and Dick became involved with the Post Oak National Little League as a coach for many years.
His love of gardening led to him become a Master Gardener.
Spiritual health become very important to Dick and he was an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church where he became a Stephen Minister.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston at 11:00 A.M.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jul. 25, 2019.
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Grace Presbyterian Church
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August 19, 2019
Please accept our sincere condolences on behalf of The Brookwood Community. I personally worked with Richard at "The Brookwood Community" store located on Westheimer. Richard was a pleasure to work with. He welcomed all with a smile and was always ready to lend a helping hand. His Customers loved him just as much as we did. I hope he is resting peacefully and tending God's garden with his expertise. Much Love and prayers for his family.
Cheryl Daubney
August 19, 2019
Cheryl Daubney
July 25, 2019
Please accept my condolences. May you find strength to cope in each other, and in God, knowing that he cares about your pain. (Psalms 56:8)
July 25, 2019
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time to comfort you and give you strength.
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