The family of Dail Bates is sad to announce the passing of their hero, Thursday, January 16, 2020, in Oklahoma City at Legends Memory Center at Rivendell. He had several health issues over the past several months.
Dail was born August 12, 1928 at Anderson Creek near Buffalo Valley, Oklahoma. He married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Nix, on August 14, 1953, soon after he returned from service in Korea.
Dail graduated from Buffalo Valley High School in 1949. He attended Eastern Oklahoma Junior College playing basketball where he attained his Associates Degree. The US Army drafted him and he served in Korea until 1953. He also attended East Central University but did not finish his degree.
He worked for Oklahoma Natural Gas Company repairing leaks for over 25 years before retiring in 1986. He coached little league baseball for many years and was a high school basketball referee for over 10 years.
He never met a stranger and helped anyone who needed it, whether they asked or not.
Shirley Bates of the home; two sons, Jerry Bates and wife Donna Irby-Bates, Tuttle, OK; and, Ronnie Bates and spouse Wayne Kirby, Carrollton, Georgia; special “daughter” Sindy Warner, Springfield, Mo.
Grandchildren, Francie Bates, Tuttle, OK; Jeremy Bates and wife, Jill, Duncan, OK; Sierra Campbell and husband Chris, Centerton, AR; and special grandchildren, Brian Kirby, Little River, SC; Mariah Warner, Springfield, MO; former granddaughter-in-law, Michele Goodwin
Great-grandchildren Zaine Bates, Tuttle, OK; Jasen Bates, Duncan, OK; Belladonna Warner, Springfield, MO. Sister-in-law Annie Bates, Wynona, OK; brother-in-law David Nix and wife Nikki, Wilburton, OK.
Nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends
Parents, Ella Francis Kirkes Webb Bates and Thad Waymack Bates
Brothers, Joe Webb, Charles Bates, and Allen Bates
Sisters, Tennie Lee Webb Keeley, Myrtle Bates, Wilma Roberts, Lucille Morris, and Flossie Welch
Special thanks to the staff at Legend Memory Center and Sooner Hospice for the compassionate care the last 15 months.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 1/19/2020 at 10:55 AM, Central Standard Time.