James “Jimmy” Bates


Visitation Details

Service Details
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Bordwine Funeral Home Bordwine Funeral Home
203 Ohio Ave., Etowah, Tn 37331 203 Ohio Ave., Etowah, TN 37331
Interment Delano Cemetery
Saturday, September 15, 2018











James “Jimmy” Bates, 64, of Benton passed away Tuesday September 11, 2018. He was retired from The Tennessee Highway Patrol.  He was preceded in death by his parents Luke and Carrie Bates; sister’s Billie Carroll, Annette Hooper, Brother’s Wilford Bates, and Ray Bates. Survivors include Doreen Bates, Apex, NC, Kay Woodruff, Sweetwater, TN, and Nina Rowland of Athens, TN. Brothers Mickey Bates, Reliance, TN, Jerold Bates, Benton, TN, Danny Bates, Delano, TN, and Ross Bates, Durham, NC and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday September 15, 2018 at Bordwine Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Rowland officiating.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow to Delano Cemetery.


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  1. Meryle Bates September 16, 2018

    Meryle Bates

    I want to say how proud of Heather I am. The words were beautiful! Jimmy meant a lot to us as he helped and made sure we were alright when my children were little. He made a difference in this world and meant the world to my children.

  2. Billy Broyles September 15, 2018

    One of the best friends I had on the THP. And stayed friends after Jimmy and I retired. He will be greatly missed. My brother.

  3. Dale Harmon September 15, 2018

    Retirement has a way of us distancing ourselves. Going to miss the laughter Jimmy. You were always so comical and FUN. ( I just found out today you left the building). Memories.

  4. steve and sun bebb September 15, 2018

    Jim and I go back to the Sheriff’s office days but I got to know him best as a Trooper. We were always good friends and I hate that we fell out of touch after retirement. My favorite stories are Jimmy Bates stories. I loved him!

  5. Bill Matthews September 15, 2018

    Good Bye old friend. I will never forget the old days together. Rest in Peace. Bill Matthews

  6. Karen Baker September 14, 2018

    I am so very sorry for your loss of a sweet kind gentleman…..Rest in Heavenly Peace Jimmy

  7. Sharon Brock September 14, 2018

    So sorry to hear of Jimmys passing. I pray for comfort for him family

  8. Eddie Pulley September 14, 2018

    TO the family of Jimmy Bates I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim as troopers
    he was a good man you would always know were you stood with him for he would let
    you know. When I met him for the first time I Played a joke on him and we became friends After retirement we stayed in touch we talked with each other regular .
    Words cannot express the way I feel about loosing him. He was such of a good man.
    And I most of all he was my friend..

  9. J.R. Perry September 14, 2018

    Very sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. He was a good friend years ago, we worked together with the THP in Franklin. My prayers are with his family, may he rest in peace.

  10. Jeff Russell September 13, 2018

    So sorry to Here of Jimmy’s passing. I remember him well growing up in Etowah, he always had a smile and a warm heart.

    Jeff Russell

  11. Jodie lanning September 12, 2018

    Jimmy was a great man n a one of a kind n will be missed n the Lanning Family thought of Jimmy As A Great Friend To Us..N Gone Way Too Soon n Prayers For Strength n Comfort n Peace For The Family In The Coming Days..R.I.P.Jimmy..

  12. Audrey Jenkins Stewart September 12, 2018

    Jimmy was not just my cousin he was my hero. He was always there when we needed him. I will never forget you. I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You Some Day.
    Love always Audrey

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  14. Beth A Lassen September 12, 2018

    What great memories I have of Mr. Bates coming into the gas station. He ALWAYS made sure to say hello and see how everyone was, then say he was looking for that crazy paper,just busted, and was going to see Shorty.
    Rest easy sir and thank you for your service.
    Beth Lassen
    Once a manager at kangaroo in Benton

  15. Austin williams September 12, 2018

    Rest in peace, Jim. Austin

  16. Ashley Gargala September 12, 2018

    So sorry for your loss


  17. Phyllis bige September 12, 2018

    Jimmy was the best mentor I could have ever had when I became a police officer. He took so much time telling me so much information and helpful insights. Always a joy to talk to and always helpful . I grew to love and respect this state trooper. He will be so missed.

  18. Cleda September 12, 2018

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


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