Ethel G. Bates, 81, widow Rev. George Bates, of 207 George B. Timmerman Drive, departed this walk of life on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at her home.
Born in Abbeville County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Gilmore and Sally Mae Tolbert. She retired from Lander University and was a member of Overcoming Power Church.
She leaves to cherish her memories, four daughters; Janice B. Scott, of the home, Sharon Bates, Winston-Salem, NC, Beverly B. Gilchrist and Darlene B. Hunter both of Greenwood; two sisters; Ann Miller, Dayton, OH, and Louise Smith, Columbus, OH; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; special sons: James Scott, Isaac Johnson, James Gilchrist, James Terry, Victor Young and Pastor Eric Butler and a host of relatives and friends to cherish her memories.
Celebration Services for Mrs. Ethel Bates will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 1 PM at the Generostee Baptist Church in Starr, SC, 806 Generostee Church Road, with Bishop Johnny Davis, officiating. Mrs. Bates will be placed in the church at noon and interment will follow in Oakbrook Memorial Park in Greenwood.