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Sonny Bates of Henrietta


Sonny Bates, 69, of Henrietta, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 in Wichita Falls.

Sonny Bates

Sonny Bates

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Cowboy Church in Henrietta with Rev. Larry Miller, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Cowboy Church Cemetery in Henrietta under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.

Mr. Bates was born Dec. 4, 1944 in Quanah to Milburn and Jo Elizabeth (Winborne) Bates. He married Mary Atchley on Feb. 16, 2002. Mr. Bates was an electrician for Atco Structures and a member of the Cowboy Church in Henrietta.

He is preceded in death by his father; a sister, Joyce Taylor; and a son, Bobby Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Bates of Henrietta; his mother, Beth Bates of Iowa Park; two sons, Bobby Bates and wife Julie of Allen, and Joey Bates of Iowa Park; two daughters, Leisa Chitwood and husband Wayne of Iowa Park, and Melanie Spikes and husband Kendall of Bellevue; a sister, Melba Graham of Vernon; a brother, Sammy Bates of Iowa Park; and10 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Davis Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to the Henrietta Cowboy Church, P.O. Box 181, Henrietta, Texas 76365.


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