NORMAN — Services for Frank Edwin Bates, 84, of Perkins, formerly of Ada, are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Baptist Church. Dr. Rusty Fuller and the Rev. David Gray will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery.
Mr. Bates died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at a Drumright nursing home. He was born Nov. 1, 1928, at Franklin to Joseph Alexander and Chrissie Leona Black Bates.
He attended Rocky Point Grade School and graduated from Noble High School in 1946.
He married Dorcie Bostian on June 2, 1948. They then moved to Stillwater and he attended Oklahoma State University, then A & M College, graduating in 1950 with a degree in animal science.
While he was in college, he was a member of Block and Bridle, Alpha Gama Roe and Alpha Zeta.
He was also on the college livestock judging team.
He then went to work as a herdsman for Triple E Angus Ranch in Wetumka from 1950 – 1955.
He and his family later moved to Anadarko and worked from 1955 to1957 for Farmers Home Administration.
He went to work for Oklahoma State University Extension Service as Assistant County Agent in Waurika from 1957 to 1959.
He then moved to Ardmore in 1959 and served in the same position until 1966.
He went back to school at OSU. in 1966 – 1967 and received a master’s degree in animal science.
He moved to Ada in 1966 after graduating and became an Area Livestock Specialist for Southeast District including Pontotoc County.
He worked in this capacity until he retired in April 1986.
Mr. Bates was a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church in Ada where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years, and he was a member of the Oklahoma Retired Educators.
Survivors include his wife, Dorcie Bates, of the home; two sons, Roger Bates and wife Gayla of Perkins and Lanny Bates of Noble; his grandchildren, Shana Davis and husband Kelly of Owasso, Jared Bates and wife Liz of Stillwater, Landon Bates of Noble, Audra Bates Carlisle and husband Kyle of Portland, Ore., and David Bates of Ada; his great-grandchildren, Alex and Anistyn Davis; his sister, Bonnie Grover and husband Neal of Norman; nephew, Ronnie Grover and wife Carol and family of Newcastle; and niece, Peggy Hill and husband Curtis and family of Lexington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Terry Bates on Jan. 22, 1987; and an infant brother.
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