Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Alan Bates was held at 11:00 AM Thursday, September 27, 2018 at John E. Stephens Chapel. Rev. Larry Savell, Rev. Bobby Jack Henley and Rev. Ben McDaniel officiating. Interment in Beatline Cemetery. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bates, 56, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at his residence. He graduated from Lamar High School, moving back to Philadelphia after college. He graduated from Ole Miss with a BS degree in biology and BA degree in business. He worked in economic development. His hobbies include golfing, fishing and tennis. Mr. Bates was a member of Beatline Baptist Church.


Preceded in death: Brother, Gerald Lee Bates (May 2018).


Survivors: Parents, Thomas and Martha Bates of Philadelphia; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and other relatives.


Pallbearers: Craig Nowell, Steve Nowell, Tim Nowell, Roger Williams, Virgil Williams, Richard Price.