Bert Wayne Bates, 83, Walker, passed away on Aug. 1, 2013. Wayne was born July 8, 1930, in Licking to Stella Marie (Brown) and Bert Lloyd Bates the third child of four children. Wayne grew up in Houston, but lived in Oakland, CA, for a few years when his mother, sister, and brother moved there to work during the war. Wayne returned to Houston to graduate from High School.
Wayne met his lovely wife, Willa Dean (Davison), in Buffalo. They married on Feb. 3, 1952, and were married for 61 years. She was his partner in love, life and business. They had two daughters, Beverly Bates – St. Louis and Connie McMullin – Derby, KS.
Wayne operated the Shoe Repair Concession on Fort Leonard Wood for over 20 years, owned and operated two shoe stores in Waynesville for 27 years and owned and operated Bates Self Service Storage for many years before moving to Walker in July 1992.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father when he was two, his mother, two brothers, a sister and a nephew.
He is survived by his wife, Willa Dean; daughters, Beverly and Connie; three grandchildren – Joshua and Erica McMullin, Sarah and Joshua Dowell and Zachary McMullin; 10 great-grandchildren – Alexis, Elijah, Katie, and Ashley McMullin, Macy, Lily, Colton and Chloe Dowell and Dominic and Emily McMullin; one niece, Judy Bates; five nephews – Gary and Delores Bates, Paul and Rita Bates, Joe and Bobbie Adams, Danny and Carolyn Adams and David Adams. Many called him friend.
Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, El Dorado Springs, with Pastor Harry Moore and Pastor Bill Cleavenger officiating. Music was “It Is Well With My Soul,” “Old Rugged Cross” and “What A Day That Will Be.” Pallbearers were Joe Adams, Danny Adams, David Adams, Gary Bates, Paul Bates, Joshua Dowell, Joshua McMullin and Zachary McMullin. Honorary pallbearers were Judy Bates, Marvin Davision, Norman Davison, Howard Douglas, Dr. Carl S. Larson, Alexis McMullin, Elijah McMullin, Elsie McNeley, Barbara Moon, Willie Nobles and Edward Short.
Interment was in New Hope Cemetery, Long Lane, under direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.