Don and Lynn Bates
(0 - 2013)

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Don and Lynn Bates

Birth:
United States of America

Passing:
Texas, United States of America
October 8, 2013


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Don Bates
Donald Gene Bates. On October 8, 2013 Don Bates of Wharton, Texas entered into eternal rest. He was born February 7, 1942 in Tenaha, Texas to Oliver and Mattie Lou Bates. He passed away two hours before his beloved wife Lynn Bates who was by his side until the end. Theirs was a true love story.
Don is preceded in death by his parents and brother George Bates.
Don grew up in Tenaha in a loving family. Don was an outstanding high school athlete excelling in football, basketball, and track. Don received a football scholarship from Sam Houston State University and majored in physical education. Don played tight end and played on Sam Houston’s 1964 NAIA National Championship football team. Don received his undergraduate degree and followed with a Masters in Kinesiology.
Don married his college sweetheart, twirler / dancer Lynn Rodgers on August 20, 1966. His football coaching jobs took them to Hitchcock, Lumberton, Brownsville, and Wharton ISD’s, as well as to Sam Houston State University, Ranger Junior College, and Wharton County Junior College.
Don also worked in the construction industry selling specialty building materials. He worked for Hungerford Brick Company for a few years and the last 26 years with R. M. Rodgers, Inc. (Houston).
Don set an example of physical fitness as he ran the Houston, San Francisco, and Boston Marathons. He ran, worked out and rode bicycles for decades. He also won a state doubles horseshoe-throwing tournament.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and deer hunting. He loved his time and friends at the deer lease.
His legacy is that of teacher, coach, and friend. Whether in sports, business or life he enjoyed helping others. Being a mentor and role model was his gift. Don’s sense of humor made him endearing to all who were around him. He will be missed.
Don Bates is survived by his sister Sara Stupic (Cleveland, Ohio) and niece Judy Schnelle and husband Jerry (Springtown, Texas) and their son Justin his wife Patricia and children Ally, Hannah, and Ian and daughter Jana Lynn Whitsitt her husband Justin and children Tyler, Andrew, Stephanie, and Andi Lynn and nephew Michael Bates (Corpus Christi) and children Sean and Matthew.
A Memorial Service for both Don and Lynn will be held Saturday October 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Wharton High School Auditorium, 1 Tiger Avenue, Wharton, Texas 77488. Reception will follow at the Holy Family Life Center, 2009 Briar Lane, Wharton, Texas 77488.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation at www.lymphoma.org. A memorial website has been established at ilasting.com where testimonials may be entered and links to the charitable foundation may be found.









Lynn Bates
Georgia “Lynn” Bates. On October 8, 2013 Lynn Bates of Wharton, Texas entered into eternal rest after a lengthy illness, which she fought with grace and dignity. She was born July 5, 1944 in Cherokee, Oklahoma to Robert Max and Barbara Adair Rodgers.
Her beloved husband Don Bates preceded Lynn in death, passing away the same day by a mere two hours. Theirs was a true love story. Lynn cared for Don as he battled illnesses even when she was suffering.
Lynn moved with family from Cherokee, Oklahoma to Houston, Texas in 1956. She was in the first graduating Class of Westbury High School in 1962. She attended Sam Houston State University and majored in education and was a twirler in the band. Lynn always loved to dance and performed in the schools theatrical performances. Lynn received her undergraduate education degree and followed with a Masters in Kinesiology.
Lynn married her college sweetheart and football team player, Don Bates, August 20,1966. His football coaching jobs took them to Hitchcock, Lumberton, Brownsville, and Wharton ISDs, as well as to Sam Houston State University, Ranger Junior College, and Wharton County Junior College.
In Lumberton, Lynn formed her first of many school dance teams. In 1976, she started The Lynn Bates School of Dance in Wharton. For the past 37 years, Lynn as taught dance (3 yrs to adult) in Wharton and Bay City. For approximately 30 years she instructed the Junior Jazz Dance Company, a competitive dance team, composed of young teenage women, winning many national honors. Her Dancing Divas, the adult dancers, were always a crowd favorite at her annual dance recitals.
Through the years she was invited to be a guest instructor and or judge at numerous national dance festivals and drill team camps. She was a member of several national dance educator organizations. She also competed in ballroom dance competitions.
Her legacy is the success of her dance students. Lynn has helped many young women reach their potential not only in dance, but also in life. Today her former students credit Lynn for helping them learn poise, grace, self-esteem, etiquette, a dedication to hard work, and the importance of caring for others. To many she was a second mom.
Lynn Bates is survived by her sister Lana Gean (Rodgers) Wynne (Houston, TX) and nephew George Parker Wynne, Jr., his wife Abigail, and sons Andrew and Matthew; niece Barbara Nicole Wynne; brother Robert Max Rodgers, Jr. wife Donna Marie (Houston, TX), niece Katy Marie Rodgers and nephew Robert Max Rodgers III and his daughter Vanessa Marie.
A Memorial Service for both Don and Lynn will be held Saturday October 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Wharton High School Auditorium, 1 Tiger Avenue, Wharton, Texas 77488. A reception will follow at the Holy Family Life Center, 2009 Briar Lane, Wharton, Texas 77488.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation at www.ocrf.org. A memorial website has been established at ilasting.com where testimonials may be entered and links to the charitable foundation may be found.

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Don and Lynn were a wonderful & caring couple who forever changed my life after graduating high school in Brownsville in 1972.I was a member of the original 5 Eaglettes that she took with her to form her first team of Ranger Spurs in Ranger, TX. They were like step parents to us girls as well as the football team. My parents were against my going away to college; not only because it would be far from home but because they couldn't afford to send me. Mr & Mrs Bates believed in me. I am and always will be grateful for the experience, education and love they shared with me. Thank You, I love you and will miss you both.You left me & others with wonderful dance routines and memories.
Mary J. (Janie) Guerrero de Perez (Student DD)
November 12th, 2013
To the loving family of Don & Lynn,

I'm very sorry to read of your sad loss, and I want to offer my deepest sympathy to you. I hope that you won't be offended by my writing, since I don't know you; but I just wanted to share some verses of comfort with you.

Acts 24:15 promises, "that there is going to be a resurrection.'

Our loving God doesn’t cause sad things to happen to our loved ones, as James 1:13 helps us to understand, ‘When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.’”

Isaiah 65:17b tells us that the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.” - Thus the heartbreak that we experience now, won’t even be remembered after Jehovah God resurrects our loved ones; thereby undoing the sad effects of death and the pain being separated from them brings.

Revelation 21:4 tells of the time when no one will ever die again; thus no more mourning or sadness, "And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” And no sickness of any kind as Isaiah 33:24 promises, “no resident will say: ‘I am sick.’”

Older ones will grow young again as Job 33:25 promises, "Let his flesh become fresher than in youth; Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor."

And we have the promise of many who will be resurrected to life right here on the earth that will be restored to a paradise as Psalms 37:10, 11, 29 tell about!

Take care, and I hope that your memories will help you, and I hope these and other verses help too. Romans 15:4 tells us, "For all the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction, that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope."

To consider more of the Bible beautiful promises, please visit www.jw.org

Sincerely Yours,

Cindy Boyer
Cindy Boyer (none, just a person who c)
October 28th, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Don and Lynn.
I have known Mrs. Bates since I was 3 years old at Lynn Bates School of Dance in Bay City. And while I have not kept in touch over the years.. I still have so many wonderful memories of the amazing lady that taught me more then dance. She was a part of my life for so long and will be deeply missed.
Heather Henry (Student)
October 25th, 2013
Beverly (Means) Bilbrey was friends with Lynn since 1st grade in Cherokee, OK. Bruce met Lynn for the first time in the early '90's. Lynn was a warm, sparkling and funny person. She was beautiful inside and out. We both have fond memories of Lynn and Don, as we took trips together in the '90's. It was fun sharing their love of the outdoors and wildlife. Lynn & Don will always be in our hearts and memories! Bruce & Bev Bilbrey
Bruce & Beverly Bilbrey (Friends)
October 25th, 2013
God bless you both . May you dance across heaven together for ever . Karen (Kathi Murphys'sister)
Karen Greer-Bounds (Friend)
October 19th, 2013
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"I will miss you both terribly but I know you are free from pain and discomfort. Lynn, you have been my best friend and conscience. Don, you have been so strong and always smiling. I love you both."
Lana Wynne
October 15th, 2013

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