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Vetice Bates

Vetice Arthur Bates

Monday, May 20th, 1946 - Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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Obituary

Vetice Arthur Bates, 74, of Mars Hill passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020. He was a native and lifelong resident of Madison County. Vetice is the son of the late Clifford Bates and Hilda “Faye” Buckner Bates. Mr. Bates was employed as an engineer with Square D Schneider Electric for 40 years. He loved his family, the outdoors, his horses, and his dog, Dixie. He served as President of Back Country Horseman of Big Creek and was a founding member of Back Country Horseman of North Carolina. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was known for his campfire cooking at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Mr. Bates was a lifelong member and Sunday School teacher at Gabriel’s Creek Baptist Church.

Vetice is survived by his beloved wife of 19 years, Pamela H. Bates; daughters, Christine Penland (Keith) of Asheville and JoAnya Bates of Mars Hill; and grandchildren, Briana Bates of Mars Hill and Ella Penland of Asheville.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, August 30, 2020, at Gabriel’s Creek Baptist Church. Reverend Gary Coates and Reverend Harry Culbertson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00–8:00 PM Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Madison Home Care & Hospice and his nurse, Misty Shuffler for the loving care they gave Mr. Bates during his time of need.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gabriel’s Creek Baptist Church Building and Grounds Fund at PO Box 1087, Mars Hill, NC 28754.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue RIdge Funeral Service
    Address
    7626 NC Hwy 213
    Mars Hill, NC 28754
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, August 30th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, August 30th, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    Gabriel's Creek Baptist Church
    Address
    132 Gabriel's Creek Church Rd
    Mars Hill, NC 28754
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    Officiant
    Rev. Gary Coates
    Co-Celebrant
    Rev. Doctor Harry Culbertson Jr.
  • Interment

    Location
    Gabriel's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
    Address
    1320 Gabriels Creek Church Road
    Mars Hill, NC 28754
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Lisa Greenberg

Posted at 03:19pm
Dear Christi and Family, We are thinking of you all during this time. With heartfelt sympathy, we are keeping you in our thoughts.

Warmly,
Clark, Lisa, Max, Mikaela and Eli
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Posted at 08:34am
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. With sincere sympathy - Kyle, Julie & Connor Biggerstaff and "Momma Jo" Underwood
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Lucy Lowe

Posted at 07:12pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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Linda Gardner

Posted at 05:46pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with each member of the family!!! Vetice was always a kind person to all those he met. Enjoyed going to school with Vetice and knowing his family. May God give you strength to face each of the difficult days and know He is with His Savior.

Linda and Gary Gardner
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Richard L. Green

Posted at 09:13am
Sorry to hear of his passing. Shared many fond childhood memories on Gabriel’s Creek. Condolences to the family.
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