Thomas ‘Tom’ Richard Bates

Thomas ‘Tom’ Richard Bates, 65, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Brooks Avenue Church of Christ in Raleigh.

He was a native of Zanesville, Ohio, and retired from DuPont Chemical Company.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Sparks Bates. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Sparks Bates; son and daughter-in-law, David Anthony ‘Tony’ Bates and Heather Bates of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Tonya Bates Nelson and Paul Nelson of Clayton, N.C.; four grandchildren, Grace Bates, Amber Nelson, Luke Nelson and Ruby Sue Bates; and two brothers, Ron Bates and Gary Bates.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. today prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Eastern European Missions Fund, Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, 700 Brooks Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Arrangements are by McLaurin at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations.