In memory of
Viola Ellen Bates
Died April 18, 2017 Mrs. Viola Ellen Bates, 96, of Lula died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Viola was the daughter of the late John and Mary Octavia Jenkins Baugh. She was a homemaker, enjoying quilting and gardening. Viola was a member of Whitehall Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Bates; sons, the Rev. Carlton Bates and James Michael Bates; great grandson, James Carlton Smith; four brothers, Wiley, Ernest, Julian, and Hedley; two sisters, Elsie and Louise. Viola is survived by her daughter, Marie Grindle; daughter and son-in-law, Betty Ann (Junior) Campbell; son, Billy Bates; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild. A number of nieces, nephews and friends also survive. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home. The Rev. Melvin Baugh and the Rev. Charles Taylor will officiate. Interment will follow in the Whitehall Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Little & Davenport Funeral Home Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at littledavenport.com Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, Gainesville
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