Services for Miss Virginia Bates were held Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at McClain-Hays Chapel with Rev. Ben McDaniel, Rev. Larry Savell and Rev. Bobby Jack Henley officiating.  Burial followed in Beatline Cemetery in Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Bates, 82, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. 


She was a native and lifelong resident of Beatline Community in Neshoba County.  She was a longtime agent for Philadelphia Insurance Agency in Philadelphia.  Miss Bates was a member of Beatline Baptist Church where she formerly taught Sunday School.


Survivors include sisters, Charlene B. Stamps of New Orleans, LA, and Henrietta Wooten (Roy) of Irving, TX; brothers, Kenneth J. Bates (Sarah) and Thomas Bates (Martha), all of Philadelphia, MS; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.


Miss Bates was preceded in death by parents, Ethel and Marion Bates; and brother, William Bates.


Pallbearers were Kenny Bates, Brian Saxon, Jimmy Bates, Bill Bates, Kenny Pierce, Fred Holt, and Joshua Mitchell.