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Richard "Ricky" Williams Bates, Sr.

December 4, 1959 — November 28, 2021

Richard "Ricky" Williams Bates, Sr.

Richard Williams “Ricky” Bates, Sr. of Vernon Hill, VA passed away November 28, 2021.  He was born in Halifax County, VA on December 4, 1959 and was 61 years of age. He was the son of Geneva W. Bates and the late Charles Albert Bates, III.


He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Ricky also was an Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts of America and was a former member of the Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department.  


Ricky Bates is survived by:

His Mother

Geneva W. Bates of Vernon Hill

His Son

Richard W. “Ric” Bates, Jr. and wife Rhonda of Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Two Grandchildren

Cooper Rogers and Ginger Rogers of Ocean Isle Beach, NC

His Sister

Susan McLamb and husband Chuck of Vernon Hill

Niece and Nephews

Sidney McLamb, Jacob McLamb, Charles A. Bates V, and wife Mandy

Great Nieces

Maylee and Hattie Bates


***Preceded in death by***

His Father

Charles Albert Bates, III

His Brother

Charles Albert “Al” Bates IV


A funeral service will be held Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:00 A.M.  at Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken Hanson officiating. Burial to follow in church cemetery.


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


For memorials, please consider Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department, 2019 Oak Level Rd., Halifax, VA 24558 or Asbury United Methodist Church, 2101 Asbury Church Rd., Vernon Hill, VA 24597


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Past Services

Funeral Service

Friday, December 3, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Asbury United Methodist Church

2220 Asbury Church Rd, Vernon Hill, VA 24597

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