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Michael Lynn Bates

February 27, 1971 ~ September 28, 2022 (age 51) 51 Years Old

Michael Bates Obituary

Michael Lynn Bates, 51, of Fayetteville passed away on September 28, 2022.

Michael is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Bates, Sr.; mother, Vickie Bates; and brother, Thomas Bates, Jr. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his brother, Ricky Bates (Donna); sister, Sherry Bates Fulton; six nieces, one nephew, five great nieces and his nine great nephews.

As a child, Michael participated in the Special Olympics for several years earning 20+ medals. As an adult, he enjoyed fishing and spending time at the beach.

Michael loved everyone and saw the best in us all. This world would be a much better place if we live and love as Michael did.

The family would like to send a special thank you to “Tank”, Alfred Sessoms, for taking such good care of Michael for many years. He was so much more than a caregiver; he was a dear friend to Michael.

Our sincere appreciation to the caregivers at The Highland House of Fayetteville.

A visitation will be held at 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in St. Pauls, NC with Pastor Tim Grider officiating.


Michael’s Challenge of Kindness

We’d like everyone to leave here with a challenge to live up to, kindness towards others. In such a mean world, this is a small way we can keep Michael’s memory alive, being kind to others as he so effortlessly was.

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October 4, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rogers and Breece Funeral Home
500 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Graveside Service
October 5, 2022

2:00 PM
Oak Ridge Cemetery, St. Pauls, NC


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