Mr. Bates was a native of Marshall County, Tennessee and the son of Kirby Bates of Bell Buckle and Virginia Bell Smits of Lewisburg. He was employed with National Pen in Shelbyville.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kimberly Henderson Bates of Shelbyville, one daughter, Shelby Ashton Bates of Knoxville, step-daughter, Shaina Stacey of Bell Buckle, step-son, Dustin Stacey of Shelbyville, sister, Kristy Bell Luna of Lewisburg, brother, Kirby W. Bates, Jr. of Lewisburg, step-mother, Dot Bates of Bell Buckle and step-father, Art Smits of Lewisburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Barry James Bates, in December 2011.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from the chapel of London Funeral Home with burial to follow in Lone Oak Cemetery.
The family will be at Hillcrest Funeral Home, in Shelbyville, Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and London Funeral Home, in Lewisburg, Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for visitation.
London Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.