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Johnny R. Bates

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

Johnny R. Bates, of Covington, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Bates was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill (LE) and Elise (Bishop) Bates.

Survivors include his loving wife, Cathy Bates; daughter, Lindsay Bates; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Tiffany Bates; grandchildren, River Bates, Talyn Millard and Landyn Millard; sister and brother-in-law, Madelyn and Pat Campbell, all of Covington; niece, Kristen Gates of Covington; nephews, Pat Campbell, Jr. of Covington and Gregory Campbell of Hoover, AL.

A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 4 p.m., at Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, 3 Cotton St., in Porterdale, with Rev. Tommy Ross officiating. Friends may visit with his family in the church sanctuary, Monday, May 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 700, Porterdale, GA 30070.


AbraMichelle: April 30, 2017 10:04 p.m.

I'm so very sorry to hear that you have had to experience the loss of such a dear loved one at such a relatively young age. I truly hope that you are able to find a measure of comfort in this difficult time from my favorite scripture from the Bible in the book of Revelation 21:3,4. Please take care of each other during this time and love each other hard.

readtogrow: May 5, 2017 9:46 a.m.

The loss of a loved one is truly heartbreaking but the bible offers comfort - (Comfort when loved ones die...2 Corinthians 1:3,4), (Freedom from a morbid fear of death...Hebrews 2:15), (A real hope of being reunited with your dead loved ones...John 5:28,29).

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