Claiborne - Overholt
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New Tazewell, TN 37825
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Mr. Edwin "Eddie Bates age 94 of Athens, TN was born May 18, 1922 and passed away April 5, 2017 at the Star Regional Medical Center in Athens. He retired from Hostess Cakes in California. Eddie was a Veteran of WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was preceded in death by his:
Parents: Matt and Carrie Bates
Brothers: Lawrence and Charlie Bates
Sisters: Francis Stillwell, Marie Jack and Jane Satterfield
He is survived by his:
Loving wife of 51 years: Georgia Marie (Cosby) Bates
Children: David Bates, Ronnie Bates and Nancy (Bates)
Brother: Earle Bates
Sisters: Rose Shumate and Bertha Prater
Brothers-in-Law: James Cosby and LeRoy Cosby
Sister-in-Law: Lois Sandefer
Several nieces, nephews and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends Friday, April 7, 2017 from 5PM until 7PM with funeral services to follow at 7PM in the Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Williams officiating. Music will be provided by The Cosby Family, Michael Cosby, Mitchell Cosby and Rachel Schott.
Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10AM in the Cosby-Poplar Grove Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Tony Prater, Danny Shumate, Jacob Blankenship, Daniel Blankenship,
Matthew Gulley, Stephen Blankenship and Milford Prater
Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family.