WARREN, Ohio – John Charles “Bubby” Bates, Sr., 70, of Warren, Ohio, departed this life Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, following a brief illness.
He was born April 24, 1946 in Warren, Ohio, the son of Charles and Gladys Wilkins Bates.
He was employed with Packard Electric for 15 years as an Inspector before retiring in 1982. He also worked several years for General Motors Lordstown.
He was a member of Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church, the American Legion VFW, IUE and enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading and listening to music.
Mr. Bates served honorably as a SPE4 with the U.S. Army from September 14, 1964 – July 16, 1967, assigned to the 68th Assault Helicopter Co. 145th Aviation BN USARV during the Vietnam War and was also a clerk typist. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Expert Rifle M-14.
He leaves to mourn his wife, Christine Belcher Bates; three sons, Edley (Renice) Bates of Warren, John C. Bates, Jr. and Thomas W. Bates both of Youngstown; three daughters, Ms. Tracey L. Snyder and Ms. Earline W. Belcher both of Youngstown and Mrs. Tamika L. (Gregory) Johnson of North Port, Florida; one sister, Mrs. Janet B. (Nathaniel) Whitby of Cortland; 20y grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Charles Ellis Bates; one sister, Ms. Brenda Rose Nelson and one grandchild, James Allen Revere, Jr.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at the Second Baptist Church.
Calling Hours will be held one hour prior to service, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon.
Burial will take place Monday, February 6 at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, February 1 Here at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.