The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


February 5, 2014

Birdie Bates

— Birdie Irene Bates, 89, of Athens died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at home. Mrs. Bates was born Dec. 20, 1924, in Limestone County to Tom and Ethel Robinson.

The funeral for Mrs. Bates will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at McConnell Funeral Home with Bud White officiating. Burial will be in Limestone Memorial Gardens.

Visitation is noon until 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Bates retired from Athens Lingerie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hubert Bates; one son, Thomas Bates; four brothers, C.T. Robinson, Estel Robinson, Billy Robinson and Jack Robinson; one sister, Violet Edgeman; one grandson, Eric Bates; one granddaughter, Kelly Smith; one great-grandson, Jackson Holt; and one son-in-law, Hal Miller.

Survivors include five daughters, Betty Jean LeCroix, Jane Smith, Patricia (Pat) Jeffreys, Elaine Reece, and Paulette Bates Miller; two sisters, Betty Lou Turner and Hazel Smith; 10 grandchildren, Greg LeCroix, Melissa LeCroix, Mark Bates, Lila Bates, Brandy Moyer, Tracy Jeffreys Byrd, Lynn Reece Malone, Jai Reece, Hew Miller Thigpen and Holly Miller Wood; 11 great-grandchildren, Jacob LeCroix, Blayne Bates, Tristian Byrd, Lauren Byrd, Garet Byrd, Presley Holt, Calen Reece, Darby Thigpen, Andi Thigpen, Trent Wood and Charlie Wood.

Pallbearers will be Mark Bates, Jai Reece, Jerry Reece, Jimmy Jeffreys, David Malone, Jesse Wood and Chris Thigpen. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby LeCroix and Syd Smith.

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