Funeral service for Mr. Joe Ray Bates, age 72 of Humboldt, will be held at 11 am on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Bodkin Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery near Atwood.
Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday evening from 5 - 9 pm and after 10 am Thursday at the funeral home.
Mr. Bates was a member of the Humboldt First Baptist Church where he served in the "YY" organization. He also served his country by serving in the U S Air Force Reserve.
Wife - Judy Bates
Sons - Daryl (Amy) Bates, Richard (Wendy) Bates and Randy (Shelly) Bates
Daughter - Kathy (Nick) Cates
Grandchildren - Nikki (Peter) Lancaster, Krissi Cates, Alsten Cates, Rachel Bates, Will Bates, Brad Bates, Morgan Seymour, Baileigh Bates, Clint Bates, Allie Rae Bates, and Ava Bates
Great Grandchild - Vayda Lancaster
Brother - Billy Bates
He was preceded in death by two brothers James Bates and J L Bates and two sisters Elizabeth Perry and Mildred Jennings.
Memorials may be directed to the "I Love This Church Fund" at Humboldt First Baptist Church or the Gideons' International.