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William

Todd

Bates

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February 21, 2024

William Todd Bates, 50, of Covington, died Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at his residence.

Mr. Bates was born February 7, 1974, in Alleghany County, a son of Cecil Wayne Bates and the late Candace Wilkerson Bates. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Charles and Agnes Bates; maternal grandfather, Billy Wilkerson; and several aunts and uncles.


Todd was active with the Area 18 Special Olympics where he enjoyed softball, bowling, basketball, and taking trips to Virginia Beach with his teammates. He loved spending time with all of his friends, particularly his girlfriend, Tamara. He also performed with the local Special Theatrical Artists Review & Showcase (STARS) program. He worked for several years at the former Jackson River Enterprises and Michael’s Pizza in Covington. Todd attended Good News Fellowship Church in Covington and was a member of Palestine Presybterian Church.


In addition to his father, Wayne, Todd is survived by two brothers, Andy (Amber) Bates and Michael Bates, all of Covington; his maternal grandmother, Charlotte Wilkerson of Wickliffe, KY; three aunts, Phyllis Fridley, Tricia (Bill) Armentrout, Jacklynn (Bobby) McDowell, all of Covington; four uncles, Charles (Diana) Bates of Atlanta, GA, Eddie Bates of Covington, Douglas (Brenda) Wilkerson of Wickliffe, KY, and Stanley (Ramie) Wilkerson of Oak Ridge, TN; a niece, Candon (Josh) Andrews of Iron Gate; a nephew, William Bates of Clifton Forge; a great-aunt and uncle, Joanna (Julian) Cooke of Covington; great nieces and nephews, Logan, Jaelynn, Kaley, Melody, Noxley, Cousins  Olivia, Cole, Gavin, Wendy, Chrstina, and one ore on the way in September 2024; special caregivers, Sandy (Chris) Kimberlin and Jeff and Sonya Romanello, all of Covington; and his girlfriend, Tamara Caldwell of Clifton Forge.


A graveside funeral service will be held on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 2:00 PM in the Palestine Chapel Church Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Noel officiating, assisted by Mr. Chris Fisher.


The family suggests memorial contributions in Todd’s name by made to: Area 18 Special Olympics, c/o Cindy Givens, 305 S. Craig Ave., Covington, VA 24426.


Arritt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Friends wishing to send condolences online may do so at arrittfuneralhome.com

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Visitation

Service

Palestine Chapel Cemetery

February 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 PM

4214 Dunlap Creek Road, Covington, VA, USA

Final Resting Place: 

Palestine Chapel Cemetery

4214 Dunlap Creek Road, Covington, VA, USA

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Debbie Shuart

Apr 22, 2024

Kathy, So sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. He’ll be remembered as the kind face and always a kind word sitting in front of us at Church. Prayers 🙏

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Mr. and Mrs Terry Rock

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley and family - We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Johnny was a fine man and he will be missed. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers, with our sincerest sympathy.

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Thomas and Barbara Tucker

Apr 21, 2024

Robert was one of the greatest person I've ever met a Christian friend. And man always loved to see you happy go lucky. Never a bad word to say about anybody. Are lives are richer for knowing him .

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Debbie Tingler Smith

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley and Family
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Johnny was such a kind sweet person. His smile would brighten anyone's day. God Bless All of You.

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Michele and Joshua

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley and family. Sorry for your loss.

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Sandy Lemons

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley, John and Lorrie my thoughts and prayers. Some of our best times in Covington were at your house. Johnny and Bo are up there healthy and pain free. My love and prayers are with you all.

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Donnette Miles

Apr 20, 2024

May you rest in paradise.

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Jack & Nadine Wykle

Apr 20, 2024

Cathy we are both so sorry for your loss. May you find hope and peace in the precious memories of yesterday.

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Roscoe R. Humphries

Apr 20, 2024

Jonny was such a wonderful man who loved his family, enjoyed his motorcycle rides with friends and attending car shows. Prayers to you Shirley and family.

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Donna S. Nicely

Apr 20, 2024

Please accept my most sincere sympathy at this difficult time. May God bless you and may his influence live on in the lives he touched along life’s way.

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Mike and April Rose

Apr 20, 2024

Johnny was a good dear friend,who will be missed immensely.Our deepest sympathy to the Nida family.

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Pete and Mary Hutchison, Jr

Apr 19, 2024

Thankful for the many wonderful memories from our motorcycle trips. Prayers for peace and comfort.

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