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William Bates


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William Bates Obituary
William Bates born October 11, 1943 in Canton, Mississippi, passed October 3, 2015. He was a resident of Gary for 52 years. He joined St. Andrew A.M.E Zion Church where he was a loyal and faithful Preacher's Steward for the last seven years, and dedicated member for 52 years. He was a former employee of Simmons Mattress Company, Bethlehem Steel and retired from the Gary School System in 2007. William was an active member with the SEIU Local 73. He leaves to cherish his memory loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Willie D. Bates; children Titus (Melanie) Bates, Ontario Bates, Gwendolyn L. Thompson, William Bates Jr., and Shenita Bates; sisters Joella Bates and Annie Pearl (Joseph) Small; 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends. Visitation Friday, October 9, 2015 from 12noon-8:00pm with family hours 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral service Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 11:00am all services at St. Andrew A.M.E Zion, 749 Chase St.
Published in the Post Tribune on Oct. 7, 2015
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