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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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2011.