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Graveside services for Rufus Frank Bates, age 87, a Wapanucka resident, were held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Rosehill Cemetery, in Wapanucka, with David Bates reading the eulogy and Brother Jack McAddon saying the closing prayer.
Interment was in Rosehill Cemetery, at Wapanucka.
Services were under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, in Atoka.
Bates passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Sherman, Texas.
He was born on Saturday, March 4, 1933, to Jess and Lillie (Lowrey) Bates, at Wapanucka.
Bates attended Wapanucka High School.
He married Deloris Faye (Marks) on Monday, July 9, 2007, at Ardmore.
Bates proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He worked on his ranch, moving houses, and for Wapanucka School.
Bates was a member of the Atoka Congregation Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed gardening, and helping people.
Survivors include his wife, Deloris Faye Bates of the home, in Wapanucka; sons, Danny Bates and wife, Sharon, of Sanger Texas; Darryl Bates and wife, Kim, of Midlothian, Texas; David Bates and wife, Traci, of Fate, Texas; sister, Reable Lowe and husband, Marvin, of Butcher Pen; grandchildren, Jem Black, Danny Lee Bates, Jr., Christopher Bates, Jason Bates and Katelynn Bates; great-grandchildren, Payton and Jalen Black, Hannah and Hailey Bates, Theodore Bates and Kaiden Johnson Bates.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Jess and Lillie (Lowrey) Bates; daughters, Karen Bates and baby girl, Sharon Bates; and sisters, Beatrice Carr, Lois Brooks, Jewel Dean Bates, Betty Jean Doss, Gladis Rymer and Dora Belle Black.
Honorary pallbearers were John Black, Steven Black, Terry Carr, B. J. Davis and Fred Wells.
Condolences may be sent to the family by email to: BROWNS@ATOKA.NET. Please reference the name of the deceased in your correspondence.