Charles Thomas Bates

Published 12:01 am Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dec. 10, 1956 – June 16, 2017

NATCHEZ — Services for Charles Thomas Bates, 60, of Dallas, formerly of Natchez, who died Friday, June 16, 2017, in Dallas, will be 6 p.m. today at George F. West Sr. Memorial Chapel at West Gate Funeral Home.  

Arrangements are under the direction of West Gate Funeral Home.

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Mr. Bates was born Dec. 10, 1956, in Natchez, the son of William Prater Sr. and Mattie L. Bates.

He was a 1976 graduate of South Natchez-Adams High School and was employed by Perkins Healthcare Technology as a test engineer.

Mr. Bates was a Christian and a member of the Brotherhood of the Cup. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Star Trek fan.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Debra Bates-Price; and one brother, William Prater Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Patrice Vivian-Bates; two sons, Christopher T. Bates and Eric E. Bates; three daughters, Taahira R. McCullough, Taayibah R. Vivian and Marquita T. Bates; five brothers, Walter Bates and wife, Brenda, the Rev. Eugene Prater and wife, Britta, Donald Bates and wife, Diane, Odell Prater and Robert Bates and wife, Connie; seven sisters, Geraldine Henderson and husband, James, Betty Prater, Dorothy Young and husband, Ernest, Ellen Washington, Gloria Grennell, Evelyn Jackson and husband, Ray, and Peggy Weathersby; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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