Harry L. Bates, age 93, died on Friday, March 23, 2012 at his residence. Born in Big Flats, NY, Harry was the last surviving child of the late Harry and Susan Bates. Mr. Bates was a WWII Air Force veteran, serving in Europe; he had a Bachelor of Science degree from Elmira College and credits toward a Masters Degree. Harry was an inventor, holder of three patents, a composer of organ music and volunteered at Brookgreen Gardens. Survivors include his wife Mary Lou Bates of Myrtle Beach; brother-in-law Tom McDermott and wife Ann, and numerous nephews and nieces. Graveside service will be held Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:00 am at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira, NY. Memorial donations may be made to Socastee United Methodist Church, 5575 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach, SC or to Amedisys Hospice Care, 137 Professional Lane, Unit B, Pawley's Island, SC. Guestbook may be signed at www.olthof.com.