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Carrie Bates dies at 101

Funeral services for Carrie Bates, 101, will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Mayking Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Bates Cemetery at Campbranch.

A daughter of the late Haz and Maggie Calhoun Bates, she was born at Millstone. She died January 10 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard.

Miss Bates grew up with four sisters and four brothers on the family farm in Thornton. There she developed a lifelong love of gardening.

One of her first jobs was delivering mail by horseback up Thornton Creek. She was a U.S. mail carrier for 12 years. Later she worked at the Whitesburg Greyhound bus station.

In the 1950s, Miss Bates moved to Whitesburg. She was a master seamstress and worker at Pigman Brothers Dry Cleaners for 35 years.

She was an expert quilter, an avid University of Kentucky Wildcats fan, and a member of the Mayking Old Regular Baptist Church.

Miss Bates reared her niece, Carrie Elizabeth Ann “Betty Ann”, and she and her son, Jeremie Michael, were a special part of Miss Bates’s life.

Surviving are her sister, Della Mae Marcum; nieces, Teddy Rhea Marcum, Pearlie Bates, Linda Rose Shelton, and Shirley Hall, and a nephew, Freddie Adams.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Martin Bates, Roberts Bates, John D. Bates, and Jessie Bates, and three sisters, Lizzie Lucas, Hattie Mason, and Nancy Cook.

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