The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


May 1, 2014

Margaret Ann Bates

— Mrs. Margaret Ann Black Bates, 73, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014, at home.

She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Black on Dec. 19, 1940, in Athens. Margaret Ann graduated from Athens High School in 1959, married Harold Wade Bates in 1960 and they lived together in Elkmont.

Margaret Ann was retired from Limestone County Schools where she worked at the Central Office and then finished her career as the secretary at Elkmont High School. She was known in her community and beyond as a kind and compassionate person who always had a smiling face for everyone she met.

Margaret Ann was an active member of Elkmont Church of Christ where she taught Bible classes for many years. She loved all her grandchildren very much and was very active in rearing them in God’s way.

Margaret Ann is survived by her husband, Harold Wade Bates and six children: Stan and Anita Bates, Steve and Beth Bates, and Joe and Alicia Bates, all of Elkmont; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by one sister, Ms. Janice Parr and one brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Danny Black.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of North Alabama, 3311 Bob Wallace Ave., Suite 101, Huntsville, AL 35805.

Visitation will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.

A memorial service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Limestone Chapel with burial at Roselawn Cemetery.

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