June 01, 2023

Clifford E. Bates, 81, died Thursday, June 1, 2023, at his home with his family by his side. He was a member of the Tacoma Holiness Church. Clifford was a former employee of Armour Meat Company and retired from Ferrellgas in Norton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his garden. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Odette Thompson Bates; and two brothers, Bruce Thompson and Silas Thompson.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bobbie Bates of Norton, VA; two daughters, Robin Lee Lynn and her husband Bob of Laurels, SC and Tammy Marie Bates of Norton, VA; a son, Shawn Bates of Norton, VA; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; a brother, Donald Buford Bates and his wife Bobbie of Cedar Bluff, VA; a sister, Brenda Sloce and her husband Braccle of Norton, VA; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2023, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Graveside services will follow in the Laurel Grove Cemetery with Rev. Freddie Powers officiating.

Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home of Norton is serving the Bates Family.