David B. Bates • February 18, 2019

David B. Bates, age 67 of Pensacola. Florida died on February 18, 2019. A service celebrating his life will be at 12Noon on Thursday, February 28 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. A time of gathering will be one hour before the service. Inurnment with military honors will be at 1:30PM at Barrancas National Cemetery with Chaplain Ken Griffin and his son Jason A. Bates officiating.

David was born on February 14, 1952 in Muncie, Indiana to Sidney Bates and Edna Ruth Hardwick. He served his country in the United States Air Force and retired from the civil service. If not at Lowe’s or Home Depot, he could be found at home where he loved to spend time with his family, particularly his grandchildren whom he absolutely adored. If he wasn’t upgrading something around the house or in the yard, chances are he was doing woodworking in the garage building a new chair, table or even a bunk bed. It was in his garage where his friends and neighbors stopped by on weekends to work on various projects or just spend hours shooting the breeze.

David is survived by his wife of 46 years Shere Bates; son Jason A. Bates; daughter Elizabeth Gwaltney; grandchildren Damen Bates, David “Jax” Bates, Bryant Gwaltney, Kendra R. Gwaltney and Gabriel Parker. He is also survived by his brothers Don R. Bates and Bruce A. Bates and sisters Susan M. Combs and Pat R. Robinson. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Sid G. Bates.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family request you make donations to the American Cancer Society.

  1. Renee Thompson says:

    So sorry for your loss Shere..thinking of you and your family. God bless and love you!

  2. Gail jarolem says:

    Shere I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family

  3. Barbara Baxton says:

    My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Shere and the Bates Family. May God comfort and keep you is my prayer.

  4. Danny says:

    RIP David

  5. Kat O'Neil says:

    Our deepest sympathy for Shere and the Bates family. God of love and mercy,
    embrace all those
    whose hearts today
    overflow with grief,
    unanswered questions
    and such a sense of loss.
    Grant them space
    to express their tears.
    Hold them close
    through the coming days.

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