Lawrence O. Bates, 86, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at his home in Licking.
He was born March 30, 1930, in Success, son of Franklin George and Rebecca Trusty “Katy” Platter Bates. He and Sylvia Jewel Smith were married March 27, 1955.
He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954, attaining the rank of SSG in the Korean War.
He worked as a forklift operator at Fort Leonard Wood, both before and after serving in the U.S. Army. Other jobs included being pallet mill worker, school bus driver owning a pool hall in Licking. Later he owned and operated his own dump truck business until he retired.
He loved spending time with his family and friends. His two grandsons were very special to him. He liked to reminisce about growing up in Old Success.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially floating on Big Piney River, and a fishing trip to Canada. He and his wife, Sylvia, enjoyed many scenic trips and had visited 48 states and Canada.
He was a car enthusiast. He had many classic cars, including a 1931 Model A. His favorite was a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, like one he had when he was 18 years old. He enjoyed participating in car shows, and occasionally, local parades.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Tony Bates; three sisters, Pearl Blankenship, Martha Price and Margarette Wohlwend; and four brothers, William ”Bill” Bates, Charles Albert Bates, George Henry Harrison Bates and Donald Harold Bates.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Bates; a son, Alan Bates; a daughter, Carol Roling; two grandsons; and many other family members.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Fox Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Darius Wentz officiating. Burial will be in Boone Creek Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.foxfh.net.