Services for Patty Jean Bates were held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Alex Lawson, the Rev. Mack Alford and Dr. Wayne Hill officiating. Burial followed in Eastlawn Cemetery.

McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bates, 78, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Philadelphia.

Mrs. Bates was a member of Beacon Street Baptist Church.

She worked at Hays Drug Store for a few years and was employed by Molpus Grocery for 50 years. She had worked at Vowell's Market Place for the past several years.

Mrs. Bates was preceded in death her husband, Joe Bates and parents, Jack and Estelle Wells.

Survivors include her daughter, Joy Bates Walker and her husband, Barry of Philadelphia; granddaughters, Kelly Walker Cheatham and her husband, David of Starkville and Jennifer Walker Phillips and her husband, Tracy of Philadelphia; and great-granddaughters, Addy Walker Phillips, Brooklyn Jane Cheatham and Caroline Grace Cheatham.

Pallbearers were Tracy Phillips, David Cheatham, Ronnie Jenkins, Larry Smith, Bud Waddell and Jarrod Simmons.