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James Eldon Bates

August 20, 1924 - December 14, 2017

James Eldon Bates was born on August 20, 1924 in Princeton, Texas to Marvin Loyd and Mary Lee Rodgers Bates.  He departed for his Heavenly Home on December 14, 2017.  He was a housing contractor and built several homes in the area. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas.

He is survived by his daughter, Dianne Talley Schmidt and son-in-law Skip, 3 grandchildren and spouses; Kim and Bart Abbott, Casey Julie Talley and Kirk Talley.  He was survived by the loves of his life, 6 great-grandchildren: Kimbra Craddock, Blaze Sparks, Emily Talley, Aaron Talley, Lily Talley and Luke Talley, three sisters, Charlsie Trammell of Knoxville, TN., Wanda Flannery of Princeton, Texas, Edith Terry of Blue Ridge, Texas, brothers, Jim Eddy Bates of Anchorage, Alaska, and Darrell Bates of Blue Ridge, Texas, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rebecca Ann McGarrah Bates on September 16, 1983 and by his son Larry Eldon Bates on July 9, 2015.  Siblings preceding him in death were Marvin Lee Bates, Myrtle Jane Starnes, Billy Joe Bates, and Johnny Bates. 

Visitation will be on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church.  Funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m. with Bro. David Meeks officiating.  Burial will be in I. O. O. F. Cemetery in Farmersville, Texas.


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I’ve been living in Mexico for the last three years and just heard of your passing. I spent many hours sitting in your living room listening to the amazing stories of your past. You left such an impression on me and I will never forget the advice you shared with me on relationships, finances, tractors, real estate, etc. The most impressive things to me were how you cared for your son and shared your knowledge of the Bible with me! I love and miss you and will see you again one day sir! Thank God for men like you because there’s not many around anymore! RIP Todd Anderson , December 1, 2020 Dianne, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My heart goes out to all of the members of your family and friends. God Bless You All! Joan Rogers, December 18, 2017 Dianne, and family I am saddened at the loss of my sweet friend, James Bates. He was a gentle and loving man and loved his family very much. I remember him and Rebecca from being in their home many times and worshipping with them at church. Our loss is truly Heaven's gain and I know there is great rejoicing in Heaven that this sweet man is again at home with his wife and son so many family members and friends from over his lifetime. I am sure he was welcomed home with "well done my true and faithful servant". Brenda Godwin Honea, December 16, 2017 Deepest Sympathy to Diane & Family. I remember your dad as a great gentle man who was a sincere person.......kind to everyone. May God be with you during this time & through the Holiday's.
Cathy Feagin, December 15, 2017