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James Everett Bates

December 17, 1941 ~ January 17, 2022 (age 80)

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Obituary

James Everett Bates, age 80, of North Branch passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022, surrounded by his family  at McLaren Lapeer Region. Jim was born in Flint, MI, on December 17, 1941, the son of Billie and Alice (Middleton) Bates.  He grew up in the Flint area and was a student at Kearsley schools. On March 13, 1961, Jim married Sharon Harrington in Flint, MI. He worked at Buick for 30 years until his retirement in 1992. He enjoyed flea markets, where he was often a vendor, garage sales and casinos. He loved to run, he even ran in a couple of Boston Marathons.  Jim and his wife, Sharon, were foster parents for many years. Jim was an amazing man who was always there for any family or friend who needed him. He had a contagious smile.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sharon, his children, Kimberly (Frank) Wheaton from North Branch, Joel Bates from California and Pamela (Ben) Bates from Mayville, his 14 grandchildren and his 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, James Bates (2018), his sister, Darlene Whitis and his brother, Billie Bates.

The family will be present for visitation on Friday, January 21, 2022, 12:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. On Saturday, January 22, 2022, visitation will be 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 11:00 A.M. Pastor Robert Lott will officiate.Jim will be laid to rest at Westlawn Cemetery in North Branch.

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Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home

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Services

Visitation
Friday
January 21, 2022

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Blackburn Chapel Martin Funeral Home
4216 Huron St. Box 248
North Branch, MI 48461

Visitation
Saturday
January 22, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Blackburn Chapel Martin Funeral Home
4216 Huron St. Box 248
North Branch, MI 48461

Funeral Service
Saturday
January 22, 2022

11:00 AM
Blackburn Chapel Martin Funeral Home
4216 Huron St. Box 248
North Branch, MI 48461

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