Charlie Bates

Charlie Bates, 80, of Lacy Lakeview, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at a local nursing center.

Graveside Service: 11AM Saturday, January 13th at St. Martin Cemetery in Tours.

Visitation: 6 to 8PM Friday, January 12th at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco.

Charlie was born November 23, 1937 in Uvalde to Morris T. and Sarah Lona (Dossey) Bates. He worked 35 years for Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper, retiring as a Lieutenant in September 1993. He served on Lacy Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years, 4 years as Fire Chief. He also coached Lakeview Little League All Stars and was Lakeview Little League President for 4 years. Charlie loved his family dearly and was a passionate deer hunter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sumner Halbert Bates; and grandson, James Kolar Bates.

Survivors include wife of 58 years, Margie Bates of Lacy Lakeview; daughter, Cathy Sulak and husband Mark of Malakoff; sons, Jim Bates and wife Donna of McGregor, and Brady Bates and wife Lisa of Plano; grandchildren, Tonya Sulak, Justin Sulak, Wendy Osborne, Jarred Sulak, Caitlin Bates, Leah Bates, Dawson Bates, Sarah Bates, and Mary Bates; great grandchildren, Stihl, Grainger, and Jaeger Schubert; brother, Truett Bates and wife Marilyn of Pearl; and numerous other relatives.

The family would like to acknowledge a special thank you to Bob Plesk.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home and Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

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Condolence Messages

  1. Donna Ricketts Manes :

    Margie and family, I am so sorry to hear of this difficult loss for all the family. I was always very fond of Charles myself and will never forget you both coming to the hospital to see my grandmother. I also have so many fond memories of him and you at the Bates reunion all those years. My prayers are with your family and Truett and Marilyn on the loss of their brother also. Love to you all!❤️

  2. Debra Burks Ray (Bill Burks’ daughter) :

    I was so sorry to hear of Charles’ passing. He wore the white hat and was truly one of the good guys! Sending much love and many prayers to my “Bates folks.”

  3. Sending prayers and love to precious family. We shall miss Charles Morris. He was the cousin who kept us informed on our Bates’ heritage. Nancy Burks Crow

  4. Jim and family….I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. As stated above, he wore that white hat well, and was indeed one of the good guys. He and Mr. Whaley kept us Connally kid’s on our best behavior. You all will be in our prayers.

  5. Ricky Nichols, retired DPS, Sherman :

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family,
    Rest in Peace Charlie

  6. Roger & Terri Ricketts and family :

    We’re very sorry to hear of Charles’ passing. Prayers going out to the family. He will be dearly missed.

  7. Coach George and Cyndi Snokhous :

    Very sorry to learn of Charlie’s passing. He was a kind man and much revered for his service to the community and just his personal validity. May God comfort all of you and give you of His peace.

  8. Bill & Shirley Kolar :

    Margie & Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family through this sorrowful time. Charlie was an amazing individual and a great firearms instructor among many other accomplishments in his life. He will always be remembered with fondness and will be missed greatly.

  9. My prayers are with the family of Charlie Bates. I had the pleasure of knowing him through work and CHL classes. I’ve never met a man of such character and kindness.

  10. Rodney and Melinda Baugh :

    Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. Prayers for peace today and in the coming days.

  11. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Charlie was an exceptional man. Always, had a smile and kind words for everyone. He was very respected in the law enforcement family and always extended a helping hand to anyone that asked. He will be missed, but not forgotten. You fought the good fight Charlie, now rest in peace brother.

    Ronnie Price, Chief
    Connally ISD Police Dept.

  12. Richard & Sue Wilshire :

    My prayers are with the family of Charlie Bates. I had the pleasure of knowing him during our teenage years when his family lived across the street from ours in Elm Mott. May he rest in peace and may his family cherish the memories he gave you.

  13. Shirley McCoy :

    Margie , I am so sorry for your loss. Charlie was a good and well loved man.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad and
    difficult time,
    May God hold you in his loving arms and give you peace that only He can give.

  14. Jan & Bill Summers :

    Very sorry for your loss of Charlie. Our condolences to the whole family.

  15. My prayers are with Charlies family as well as extended family. A good a man as I have ever known.

  16. The Blount Family :

    Blessings and peace to Justin and his family.

  17. How very sorry I am to learn of Charlie Bate’s passing. He was such an incredible person! We were blessed to have him as a neighbor for a number of years. He served the State of Texas with honesty and integrity, and I am honored to have known him and his wonderful family. Rest in peace, Lt. Bates and thank you for your service! You are walking the streets of Paradise.

  18. Kami & Kathy Ghanbari :

    Condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  19. Nancy Harrott Khoury :

    Jim,Donna and family
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know you are all in my thought and prayers during this most difficult time.

  20. Dewey W. & Mary N. Cooper :

    Thank you for being our friend for all of these years!

  21. James and Paula Sturrock :

    With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  22. Bryan & Carrie White (Mary Casey's daughter) :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  23. Randy & Linda Hall--Caldwell, TX :

    Charlie was my first Lieutenant in Safety Education in 1992. He was a man of character and integrity and was extremely easy to work for. He always had a good word and a smile. We know you will miss him greatly.
    May all God’s richest blessings be yours at this difficult time.

  24. Margaret Schroeder :

    I’m so sorry for you and your families loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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