MT. JULIET -- Private funeral services were held for Mr. Bates, 79, of Mt. Juliet.
Known as "Bill" to his family and friends, he died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.
Survivors include: niece Janice (Gerry) Summar, nephew Herb (Tanya) Bates; great-nieces and nephews Vanessa Bridges, Michael Summar, Kevin Summar, Andy Summar, Brie Bates and Kaylin Bates as well as several great-great nieces and nephews.
He was the son of the late Herbert M. Bates, Sr. and Ella Mae Jordan Bates.
He was also preceded in death by brother Herbert M. (Betty) Bates, Jr. and niece Sharon Bates.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet Road.