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Jerry “Bubby” Bates

January 16, 1946 ~ September 20, 2019 (age 73)





Mr. Jerry “Bubby” Bates, 73, passed away Friday, September 20, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Bates was born January 16, 1946 in Macon County to the late Jim and Edna Sanders Bates.

Jerry worked and retired from the trucking industry after many years of service. He taught himself how to drive and make a living in trucking. He had a love for western movies and dogs .


Survivors include his wife, Rachel Bates of the home; a daughter, Tracy Bates; two step-daughters, Janice Cope and Lynn Webb; four step-grandchildren, Robert Cope, Michael Sanders, Adam Sanders, and Carol Sanders; five sisters, Judy Dodgins, Linda Llanas, Patsy Coburn, Sally Ledford, and Brenda Melton; and a brother, Ronnie “Hoss” Bates.


Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Beatrice Bates and Sue Woodall.


A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Bates officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.


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September 23, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home
105 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734

Funeral Service
September 24, 2019

11:00 AM
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home
105 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734

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