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John Bates
(November 7, 1927 - January 31, 2013)

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John Bates

John Henry Bates Jr., of Rockford departed this earthly life Thursday, January 31, 2013. He was born November 7, 1927 in Rossville, Tennessee, the son John Sr. and Ophelia Bates. John lived in Rockford since 1966 coming form Memphis, TN. He married the former Armelda Robinson, in Holly Springs, MS, April 2, 1949. She preceded him in death. John was employed by Rockford Power Train formerly Rockford Clutch 31 years before retiring. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy. John was a former member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church. He attended schools in Tennessee. He was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan. John, leaves to cherish many loving memoires, three sons, Carl H. (Jessie) Bates, Stanley (Carolyn) Bogard and Chad Jackson; two daughters Retia F. Bell and Lois Pickens; 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; sister, Ella Pearl Squire; brother, Wilfort (Geraldine) Malone, a host of other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents; son, Antonio D. Bates; and two brothers. Special thanks to Bright Side Adult Day Center and Alden Park Strathmoor Nursing Home. Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church 3000 Rural Street with Pastor Charlene B. Mills, officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service. Arrangements completed by Carl E. Ponds Funeral Home 2429 W. State Street. In lieu of flowers donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 322 Eight Ave. New York, NY 10001


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