James (Jim) Bates

June 6, 2019

James (Jim) Bates, age 76, of Midlothian, Texas passed away unexpectedly on May 4, 2019. He was born the son of Harold and Thelma Bates on June 24, 1942, in Baldwin, MI. Jim was a graduate of Farwell High School and retired from Cooper and Moore.

Christmas was his favorite time of the year and he loved being Santa Claus and he surely made a good one! Jim could start up a conversation with anyone and was quite the story teller. The stories and memories he shared will be forever remembered by his family and friends. Jim looked forward to coming to Farwell every summer for the Bates Reunion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and just spending time with family and friends who he loved dearly.

Jim is survived by his daughters, Brandee Fulfer and husband Barry and Misty Bourgeois and husband Jason both of Midlothian, Texas; grandchildren Hollee Spencer and Garrett Bourgeois.

Jim is predeceased by his parents and his brothers Roger and Brad Bates.

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