Memorial services for Mr. James ‘Robert’ Bates, 75, of Grand Saline, are scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Bartley Funeral Home.
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Mr. Bates passed away June 23, 2019 in Grand Saline. He was born July 29, 1943, in Van Zandt County to Johnnie & Ollie Pearl Lee Bates. Robert served in the US Army and spent 2 years in Germany during the Vietnam War. He spent most of his life in Grand Saline where he graduated GSHS Class of 1961 and was a member of Masonic Lodge #1269. Mr. Bates was a Retired Captain with the Dallas Fire Department with 37 years of service. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, James Robert “Jim Buck” and Sarah Lee and James & Martha Bates; mother of his children, Beverly Ann Jones; brother, Royce Lee Bates; and an infant son, Phillip Russell Bates.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Freda Thompson Bates of Grand Saline; son, Brian Gregory Whatley and wife Jeanna of Bullard; daughter, Mary Christa Bates Sloan and husband Jared of Grand Saline; three sisters, Delois Currey of Grand Saline, Charlene Morrison and husband Ron of Grand Saline and Beth Gordon of Canton; four grandchildren, Raiven Whatley, Jarrett Whatley, Slayde Hutcherson and Zayden Sloan; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.