PHILADELPHIA — Services for Argus Bates will be held today at 1 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. Coy Miller and Rickey Wilcher officiating. Burial will be in Cooks Chapel Cemetery in Neshoba County.
Mr. Bates, 87, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, May 13, 2007, at Hospice in His Hands in Madden. He was a native of the Forestdale Community in Neshoba County and had lived most of his adult life there. He was a retired farmer. He also formerly worked for Farmers Home Administration in Rolling Fork. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in animal science and he attended East Central Community College prior to his degree at MSU.
Mr. Bates was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in World War II. He was a member of Cooks Chapel United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school. He was a member and past master of Coffadeliah Masonic Lodge. He had formerly served on the board at East Mississippi Farmers Livestock Association where he had served as secretary for many years.
Survivors include his son, Darrel Bates and his wife, Naomi, of Philadelphia;grandchildren, Joanna Kuhn and her husband, Scott, of Birmingham, Ala., Catherine Bates and her fiancé Rockie Stewart, of Columbus and John David Bates of Philadelphia; sisters, Evelyn George of DeKalb and Clodeen Burch of Preston and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marvel Bates; a brother, Melvin Bates; sisters, Estelle Henderson, Mavis Seale, Mary Sue Roarke and Winifred Watts.
Memorials may be made to Cooks Chapel United Methodist Church or to Hospice In His Hands.
Pallbearers will be Butch Patch, Mack Jones, Brent Gray, Ted Marshall, Wayne Thomas and Jack Seale.
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