Marvin James Bates Jr.

Published 10:02 pm Friday, August 12, 2011

Marvin James Bates Jr., age 88, of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel in Buford, Ga. The Rev. John Batusic will officiate. Interment will be in Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until time of service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either of the following: Mission to the World, 1600 North Brown Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, or to CMPCA, P.O. Box 7280, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502.

Marvin was born to Lillie Moore Bates and Marvin James Bates Sr. on Oct. 31, 1922, in Sylacauga. Marvin grew up in Clanton. He served in Italy during WWII as a tail gunner with the 463rd Bomber Group in the 15th Air Force where he completed 50 combat missions.

He graduated from the University of Alabama in June of 1949 with a BS in commerce and business administration. In 1958, he graduated from the Birmingham School of Law and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1959. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he worked with Alabama Power Company in Birmingham and Southern Company in Atlanta. He retired from Southern Company as director of data processing in 1984.

Marvin is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Nan Allison Bates, and by his two children, daughter Mary Bates Watley (Bill) of Dacula, Ga. and son the Rev. Marvin “Mark” Bates III (Tricia Hannaford) of Colorado Springs, Colo. In addition, Marvin is survived by his five grandchildren, Joshua Michael Waldrop (Heather) and Benjamin Blake Watley of Dacula, Ga., Allison Kayleigh, Ashley Elisabeth and Anna Katherine Bates of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one great-grandchild, Sophie James Waldrop; sisters, Naomi Zopfi of Houston, Texas and Faye Reeves of Summerville, S.C.; brother, Hugh M. Bates (Janie) of Clanton; sister-in-law, Margaret Bates of Adamsville; and brother-in-law, Sam Benton of Opp. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin J. Bates Sr. and Lillie Moore Bates of Clanton; brothers, Braxton Bates, Oscar Bates and Donald Bates, all of Birmingham, and Jack Bates of Adamsville; and sisters, Hazel Bates Baker of Birmingham and Mignon Bates Benton of Opp.

The Bates lived in Birmingham and Dunwoody, Ga. for a number of years prior to moving to Lawrenceville, Ga. Marvin was a member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham and Perimeter Church in Duluth during those years. He had been a member of Chestnut Mountain Church (PCA) since 1997.

Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel directing (770-945-6924).

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