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BATES, Jerry Wayne, 63, of Richmond, departed this life on September 9, 2011 after a brief struggle with lung cancer. Jerry was born in Roanoke, Va. His parents, Dillard Thomas Bates and Agnes Mae Moran Bates, predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Hill Bates; daughters, Meagan Cassandra Bates and Molly McKelvy Bates. Jerry received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Communication Arts and Design, and retired from VCU after 30 years of employment as the manager of the VCU School of Arts Graphics Lab. Jerry was a lifelong supporter of the arts, and later in life primarily focused his art interest in photography. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 16, at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 West Broad St., where a memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 17.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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I was Jerry's next door neighbor on Virginia Avenue in Roanoke,Va. We used to have such good times together when our families would camp at Philpot Lake.It's odd because I just came across a photo of all of us camping. I am very sorry for your loss and sorry that we didn't keep in touch as it seems as if he had a wonderful family. My prayers are with you at this time.

Jerry was my cousin. It is so hard to believe he is gone.
Margaret,Meagan,and Molly--we are here for each of you.

Margaret, Molly and Meagan,
Jerry’s love for and devotion to his wife and daughters was interwoven in many conversations he and I had over the years. I treasure the tangible keepsakes he left in the form of uncommonly fine prints and photographs. Intangible but more precious are my memories of his deep care for me as a human being, his readiness to share anything he had, and his uncanny ability to know things about me that I didn’t know myself. I carry on, sorrowful, but also joyful...

To Margaret, Molly and Meagan- I am deeply sorry for your loss. Jerry truly made a difference in many lives during his time at VCU. I will miss him so much. Kristina Adams

Tim & Louise Burgel.
We are so sorry for your loss,
Jerry was always the life & soul, a great visionary;He will be greatly missed.( the best photo when I had no hair !)

Dear Meagan and family. Im so sorry for your loss. I was honored to have met Jerry through his daughter Meagan. He had a personality that just glowed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

I knew Jerry all of his years at VCU. He was a tremendous help personally and to my students collectively.

Students who worked under his guidance gained professional work experience and never left the campus.

He served the overall School of the Arts and in particular the CA&Design Dept. as a dependable and trusted colleague.

Overall he was the "glue" that kept us
all timely and connected.

I was so saddened to hear of Jerry's passing, he was such a good friend for all these years, too young, too soon to leave us. I will always remember his wit and humor with great fondness. His family is in my prayers. Diane Tumblin (Class of 71)

Goodbye, dear old friend. I will never stop missing you.

old age can't carry
sorrow's heavy burden
--Du Fu