John T. Bates, Jr.

John T. Bates, Jr.


Passed: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Funeral: Saturday, October 17, 2015

Age: 86
Location: Greer, SC

Johnny Thomas Bates, Jr., 86, died October 14, 2015 at his home.

A native of Pickens County, son of the late John Thomas Bates, Sr., and Evie Gillespie Bates, he was a retired police officer and a member of the Retired Police Association, District of Columbia, also retired from US District Court Security, a US Army Veteran and a charter member of Praise Cathedral.


Surviving are his wife, Mary Sweezy Bates of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan B. and James Hill of Greer; one brother, Jack M. Bates, MD of Gainesville, GA; seven grandchildren, Claire B. Hill, Margaret Lipphard, Shawn Bates, Will Bates, Alicia Bates, Anthony Bates and Jason Dietrich and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bates was predeceased by one son, Kenneth Bates.

Funeral Services:

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Praise Cathedral conducted by Pastor Jerry Madden and Pastor Bob McCuen.

Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memory Gardens.

Honorary escort will be the Senior Adults at Praise Cathedral.

Visitation will be held 1:00-1:45 p.m. Saturday at Praise Cathedral.
The family is at the home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer?s Association, 301 University Ridge, Suite 5850, Greenville, SC 29601.

Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com.

The Wood Mortuary

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