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Bruce Nicholas Bates, Sr.

February 18, 1946 August 6, 2019
Bruce Nicholas Bates, Sr.
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Obituary for Bruce Nicholas Bates, Sr.

Mr. Bruce Nicholas Bates, Sr., 73, of Erwin passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

Bruce was born February 18, 1946 in Harnett County. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Martin Bates; mother, Elizabeth Wilson Blake; stepfather, Lance Blake; grandfather, Oscar Thomas Wilson; grandmother, Beulah Wilson.

Bruce was a 1965 graduate of Dunn High School and a graduate of Southwood College in Laurinburg. He had retired from the NCDMV and was a retired Captain with the Erwin Police Department. He also was a member of the Neill S. Stewart Masonic Lodge in Erwin.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 9, 2019 at Skinner & Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerome Pope officiating. Entombment will follow at Devotional Gardens.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Marie Grimaldi Bates; daughters, Michelle Haire and boyfriend Chris Baggett of Erwin, Angela Coats and husband Wayne of Erwin, Maria Bowden and husband Chad of Morganton; son, Bruce Bates, Jr. and wife Jennifer of Coats; ten grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, and other times at the home.

Bruce's family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the loving and compassionate care provided by his caregivers at UNC Chapel Hill Cancer Center, Health Pavillion North Cancer Center, and Liberty Home Health & Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center CB#7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 or online at https://unclineberger.org/giving/

Arrangements are by Skinner & Smith Funeral Home in Dunn.


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Visitation

Thursday

8

Aug

6:00 PM 8/8/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/8/2019 8:00:00 PM
Skinner & Smith Funeral Home

905 Erwin Road
Dunn, NC 28334

Skinner & Smith Funeral Home
905 Erwin Road Dunn 28334 NC
United States

Service

Friday

9

Aug

11:00 AM 8/9/2019 11:00:00 AM
Skinner & Smith Funeral Home

905 Erwin Road
Dunn, NC 28334

Skinner & Smith Funeral Home
905 Erwin Road Dunn 28334 NC
United States

Burial

Friday

9

Aug

12:00 PM 8/9/2019 12:00:00 PM
Devotional Gardens

5665 Fairground Road
Dunn, NC 28334

Devotional Gardens
5665 Fairground Road Dunn 28334 NC
United States
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