Whitesburg KY

Funeral will be held Friday for man killed in bike wreck

Funeral services for a 33-year-old man who died from injuries suff ered during a motorcycle crash are set for 1 p.m. on Friday (October 8) at Carty Funeral Home in Jenkins.

Calvin Morgan Bates Jr., of Jenkins, died Tuesday at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Jenkins Police Officer Jim Stephens said Bates was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle around 8:26 p.m. on Oct. 4 on Highway 805 near Joe’s Branch when he lost control of the vehicle, slid into a ditch and hit a rock wall.

Stephens said environmental conditions including wet pavement and lose gravel and sticks contributed to the wreck.

“It rained off and on enough to make the road slick,” he said.

Stephens said Bates had been visiting his nephew, who lives in an apartment above a garage near where the wreck happened.

He said Bates was not wearing a helmet. Letcher County Coroner Wallace “Spanky” Bolling Jr. said the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Bates was transported from the scene of the accident to the Whitesburg hospital by ambulance.

Stephens said he had known Bates for years and said he was “a super good fellow.”

“He was a good guy,” he said. “He always said hi to you. He would talk to anyone he met. He was always really pleasant. He loved riding his motorcycle. He loved being a dad.”

A son of Patricia Bates and Calvin Morgan Bates Sr. of Jenkins, he is survived by his wife, Cora Fleming Bates; two sons, Anthony Bates and Taden Caleb Bates, both of Jenkins; two sisters, Melinda Vance and Teresa Hall, both of Jenkins; and a brother, Timothy Bates of Jenkins.

Entombment will be in the Green Acres Mausoleum in Ermine.

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