Mr. Bates was a native of Marshall County, and the son of Kirby Bates of Bell Buckle and Virginia Bell Smits of Lewisburg. He was employed with National Pen in Shelbyville.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Barry James Bates, in December 2011.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kimberly Henderson Bates of Shelbyville; one daughter, Shelby Ashton Bates of Knoxville; stepdaughter, Shaina Stacey of Bell Buckle; stepson, Dustin Stacey of Shelbyville; sister, Kristy Bell Luna of Lewisburg; brother, Kirby W. Bates Jr. of Lewisburg; stepmother, Dot Bates of Bell Buckle; and stepfather, Art Smits of Lewisburg.
The family will be at London Funeral Home Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 5 until 8 p.m. for visitation.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, from the chapel of London Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Lone Oak Cemetery.
London Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.