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Charles Albert Bates III / February 22, 2021

Charles Albert Bates III, 84, of Vernon Hill, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. He was born in Halifax County on May 5, 1936, son of the late Charles Albert Bates Jr. and the late Sue Barnes Bates and was married to Geneva Womack Bates, who survives. He was a lifetime member of Asbury United Methodist Church, was an avid New York Yankees baseball fan, loved the beach, growing tomatoes, and especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mr. Bates is survived by his wife of 64 years, Geneva Womack Bates of Vernon Hill; his son, Richard W. “Ricky” Bates of Vernon Hill; his daughter, Susan B. McLamb and husband Chuck of Vernon Hill; four grandchildren, Richard W. “Ric” Bates Jr. and wife Rhonda of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., Charles A. “Chuck” Bates V and wife Mandy of Alton, Sidney E. McLamb of Vernon Hill and Jacob “Jake” A. McLamb of Vernon Hill; four great-grandchildren, Cooper and Ginger Rogers of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., Maylee M. Bates and Hattie E. Bates of Alton; his twin brother, Robert W. Bates and wife Helen of Vernon Hill.

He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Albert “Al” Bates IV.

A funeral was held Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Hanson conducting the service. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family received friends immediately following the service and other times at his home.

Memorials may be directed to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home.

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