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Charles Albert Bates III

May 5, 1936 — February 17, 2021

Charles Albert Bates III

Mr. Charles Albert Bates III of Vernon Hill, VA passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.  He was born in Halifax County on May 5, 1936 and was 84 years old.  He was the son of the late Charles Albert Bates Jr. and the late Sue Barnes Bates and was married to Geneva Womack Bates who survives.  He was a lifetime member of Asbury United Methodist Church, was an avid New York Yankees baseball fan, loved the beach, growing tomatoes, and especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include:
His wife
Geneva Womack Bates of Vernon Hill
His son
Richard W. “Ricky” Bates of Vernon Hill
His daughter
Susan B. McLamb and husband Chuck of Vernon Hill
Four grandchildren
Richard W. “Ric” Bates Jr. and wife Rhonda of Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Charles A. “Chuck” Bates V and wife Mandy of Alton
Sidney E. McLamb of Vernon Hill
Jacob “Jake” A. McLamb of Vernon Hill
Four great grandchildren
Cooper and Ginger Rogers of Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Maylee M. Bates and Hattie E. Bates of Alton
His twin brother
Robert W. Bates and wife Helen of Vernon Hill

He was preceded in death by one son Charles Albert “Al” Bates IV

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Hanson conducting the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In keeping with the CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, we recommend the wearing of face masks and practice social distancing. 

The family will receive friends immediately following the service and other times at his home.

For memorials, please consider a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592 

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Funeral Service

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Asbury United Methodist Church

2220 Asbury Church Rd, Vernon Hill, VA 24597

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