Oliver Eugene Bates, 65, died September 13, 2013 at Community Hospice of Vidalia. Bates was born Oct. 19, 1947 to the late Oliver and Geneva Bates. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Linda Smart Bates. Bates was a lifelong resident of Appling County and was a member of Christ Community Church. He proudly served our country in the United States Army and was retired from Southern Company.
Survivors include spouse, Sharon Simmons of Baxley; one daughter, Rochelle (Scott) Taylor of Baxley; one son, Jeremy (Latara) Bates of Baxley; one step son, Chris (Julie) Simmons of Hazlehurst; one sister, Brenda Colter of Baxley; four grandchildren, Stone Bates, Trevor, Toby and Lindy Lee Taylor and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at Christ Community Church with the Reverends Dannie Hix, Brad Park and Rick Brown officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Alma.
Active pallbearers were Tim Taylor, Farris Dyal, Stacy Stone, Tim Williams, Travis Sikes and Greg Boyette.
Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance.
Musical selections were rendered by Glynda Reeves, Pat Skinner, Tim Taylor and Bryan Gill.
Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.