Doris Bates

Published 2:39 pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Bates were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Saulters Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Bates, age 68, passed away on Satuday, Sept. 14, 2019, at her residence in Prentiss.  Rev. Joe Gardner officiated.

Pallbearers were Betty Ann Aultman, Barbara Jackson, Wade Jackson, Jay Aultman, Bill Bates and Lefty Cochran.

Saulters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Doris Jeanette Brown Bates was born on Feb. 16, 1951 in Lone Star, to R. C. Brown and Willie Mae Harrison Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of Lone Star Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, Rufus T. Bates Jr.; two brothers, Vincent Brown and Jimmy Brown.

Mrs. Bates is survived by her boyfriend, James Allen Gilbert of Prentiss; two sons, Rufus T. Bates III (Marlena) of Magee and Joseph C. Bates (Paula) of Carson; one daughter, Johnnie J. Bates (LeAnna) of Carson; five grandchildren, Crystal Bates, Justin Bates, Jonathon Fairley, Jayden Woodward and Brianna Horn; two great grandchildren, Keith Fairley and Brooklyn Horn

Visitation was Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. at Saulters Funeral Home before the service.

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