Greeley Bates, 96, died February 7 at St. Vincent Randolph Hospital in Winchester, Ind.
Born in Kite, he was a son of the late Andrew and Zettie Johnson Bates and the widower of Verna Wright Bates. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy and Tommy; a daughter by marriage, Carolyn; five brothers, Cack, Grady, Herman, Kermit and Owen; and two sisters, Edna and Molene.
He was a coal miner, mechanic and lineman in his early years.
Mr. Bates became a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church on July 22, 1990, and was a member of the New Home Church in Mohawk, Ind., where he served as assistant moderator. He was ordained on August 15, 1998.
Surviving are nine children and their spouses, Paul Bates of Nashville, Ind.; Johnny and Mary Bates of Portland, Ind.; Danny and Anna Bates of Modoc, Ind.; Greeley Bates Jr. of Nashville, Ind.; Geneva and Steve Walker of Winchester, Ind.; Charles Bates of Winchester, Ind.; Dewana and Brian Feltis of Winchester, Ind.; Delana and Bob Etnyre of Fort Wayne, Ind.; June and Luke Hall of Winchester, Ind.; 21 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Norma Pena and Margie Gibson; and an uncle and aunt, Calvin and Frona Johnson of Dema.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 14, at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial will follow at the Green Acres Cemetery in Ermine.
Friends and family may call from 2 to 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, at Letcher Funeral Home. At 7 p.m. tonight, there will be an Old Regular Baptist celebration of life.
Walker Funeral Home in Winchester has charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerswinchester.com.