James H. (Jim) Bates - age 86 of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 16, 2015. He was a member of Smithwood Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a graduate of Knoxville High School and attended The University of Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was an officer for the Knoxville Police Department for seven years then moved to L&N / CSX Railroad, serving as Inspector of Police from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. He then worked for the Knox County Sheriff's department, in the Court Services Division. He was a charter member of Fraternal Order of Police, Volunteer Lodge #2 and a 32nd degree Mason.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar L and Mae Bates; sisters, Alta Keck, Delta Root, and Christine Downing; brother, William C. (Dub) Bates.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Jean Bates; sister, Nell Brooks; children, Debra Everts and husband Randy, Kent Bates and wife Donna, and Bryan J. Bates and wife Jeannie; grandchildren, Brittni Bates, James Everts and Matthew Everts; and many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Stevens Mortuary. Family and friends will meet 1:45 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery for a 2:00 p.m. graveside service and interment with Dr. C. Glenn Sullivan and Dr. Mark E. Gaskins officiating. Serving the family, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway.
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