Freddie Talmage Bates, Sr., age 70, of Batesville, Arkansas, passed away on April 24, 2019.
Freddie was born April 30, 1948 in Brooks, Georgia. He is preceded in death by parents, John Douglas Bates and Rachel Chambers Bates; sister, Frances Bates Johnson; brothers, Junior Chambers, Bill Chambers, Frank Chambers, Fernie Bates and John Douglas Bates, Jr. He was a member of the Griffin Moose Lodge, American Legion, VFW, Eagles Club, and the Georgia Pacific Teamsters. Freddie also enjoyed fishing, working in the garden. Freddie was retired from Georgia Pacific.
He is survived by significant life partner, Catherine M. Fletcher; sons, Freddie Bates, Jr., John Douglas “J.D.” Kinard; daughter, Phyllis Thystrup; sister, Barbara Goss; 6 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A visitation for Freddie Bates, Sr. will be Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Following the visitation a funeral service will be in the chapel. Interment will follow in Griffin Memorial Gardens