Funeral service for Mrs. Thelma Ann Bates, age 75, of Taft, TN, will be conducted Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Chaplain Charles E. Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Blanche Cemetery. Mrs. Bates passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Lincoln Medical Center.
Mrs. Bates was a native of Madison County, AL, the daughter of the late Wade H. and Ella Mae Harris. She was a seamstress for Serbin and Jonathan Logan and retired as a clerk for Gerald’s Foodland and a member of the Taft Church of Christ. Mrs. Bates loved her family.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years Paul J. Bates of Taft, daughters Paula Bates Koch of Huntsville, AL, Barbara Bates Shepherd and husband Doc of the Vanntown Community, son Charles Bates of San Diego, CA, Grandchildren Michael Bates, Allen Koch and wife Jamie, Jana Koch, great grandchildren Hunter, Parker, Erin and Savannah.
Visitation with the family will be Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 1 until 3 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home.