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Willie Charles Bates, Sr.

Memorial for Willie Charles Bates, Sr.

Born in Victoria, Texas on Jun. 3, 1930
Departed on Jul. 2, 2013 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013
1:00 pm
Service: Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2013
11:00 am
Cemetery: Cook Walden Capital Parks
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Willie Charles Bates, Sr.

A Wise Man's Life
Willie Charles Bates, Sr., was the first child born to Carlee Bates and Estell Douglas on June 3, 1930, in Victoria, Texas. After leaving Victoria, Texas, Willie traveled to North Carolina and joined the United States Air Force. While on leave in Alamogordo, New Mexico he met and fell in love with the woman of his dreams, the former Allie Mae Richard. They were united in marriage on November 12, 1955. And to this union came one son, Willie C. Bates, Jr., who preceded him in death.

Preparation for Life
Upon arriving to Austin, Texas, Willie joined the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He professed faith in Christ and was baptized under the pastorate of Rev. George Washington in 1958. Willie served faithfully at the church holding roles as: president of the Brotherhood ministry for 28 years; a deacon, a member of the Men's Sunday School class and a teacher of the St. John Regular Baptist Association Brotherhood. He served Christ faithfully for 55 years.

Gifts of Life
Willie studied at Durham Business College where he received his license as an electronic mechanic. As a life-learner, Willie ventured to higher heights by earning a bachelors of science degree in law enforcement from Southwest Texas State College in 1971. Continuing his pursuit and passion for knowledge he earned an Associates of Arts degree from Austin Community College in 1979. Willie served faithfully and honorably as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. His heroic acts of valor were commendable and garnered him the recognition of being named "Airman of the Month" by the 95th Transportation Squad at Ft. Braggs. Staff Sergeant Bates retired from the U.S. Air Force on May 1, 1966 after 21 years of dedicated service.

Footprints of Life
Willie received numerous accolades for his outstanding service and dedication to mankind. He was employed by Gary Job Corp for 28 years, where he was highly honored for his work. Willie was a member of the Sovereign Grand Order of the 33rd Rite of Free Masons, where he was raised to the 32 degree. He was a member of the council of the majestic shrine in 1982. For his distinguished service to the Texas Educational Foundation, Inc., he was awarded a medal for 28 years of exemplary service. And he was recognized for his unconditional devotion to the St. John Regular Baptist Association for 28 years of faithful service.

My Legacy of Life
Our wise warrior, Willie C. Bates transitioned from earth to glory on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in the arms of his loving wife. He was preceded in death by his parents and only son, Willie C. Bates., Jr. He leaves to cherish his memories: his devoted wife of 58 years, Allie Mae Bates; his brother, Charles Bates of Victoria, Texas; sister Linda Anderson of Arlington, Texas; sister Rosie Jean Billups of Wharton, Texas; sister Nella Jean Billups of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law, Burla B. Adams and husband Nathan of Alamogordo, New Mexico; brother-in-law, Henry D. Richard and wife Jaranai of Albuquerque, New Mexico; brother-in-law, Joe Louis Richard and wife Ruby of Anaheim Hills, California; favorite niece Sherry D. Bailey, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of relatives and life-long friends.

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