|Tommie L. Bates|
|July 04, 1956 - June 29, 2012|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 1 pm to 3 pm, Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, IL|
|Funeral Service: 3 pm, Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, IL|
|Tommie L. Bates, 55, of Rock Island, died Friday, June 29, 2012 at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island. Services for Mr. Bates will be 3 pm, Tuesday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030-7th Avenue, Rock Island. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family. Tommie was born on July 4, 1956 in Louisville, Mississippi, a son of Tommie D. Bates and Lue Esther Burrage Bates. He married Martell Veasey on October 19, 2000 in Rock Island. Tommie worked as a brake press operator at the John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline for 31 years. He retired from John Deere in 2010. Survivors include his wife, Martell; a son, Ryan Bates, Rock Island; a step son, Willie T. Veasey, Davenport; parents, Tommie D. and Lue Esther Bates, Preston, MS.; six step grandchildren; siblings, Dorris J. Lee, Rock Island, Willie Ann Nunn, Omaha, NE., Joyce Facen, Rock Island, Shirley F. Bates, Louisville, MS., Clifton Shelton, Jr., Rock Island, Jerome (Evelyn) Bates, Louisville, MS., Larry Bates, McKinley Bates, Charles E. Bates all of Preston, MS.; sister in law, Janie McGhee, Rock Island; bothers in law, Napoleon Young and Robert Young, Memphis, TN., and Charles Thomas, Davenport; special nieces, Sharron L. Lee, Atlanta, GE., and La Tonya Burrage, Plainfield, IL; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Tommie was preceded in death by his grandparents and a brother in law, David Lee. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com|
I was sadden to hear the news about the passing of my classmate Tommie. He was a great guy. We had so much fun in class. He was there when I learned how to drive. We were in driving education class together. He will always be remember with love Mary Coleman Welch West Kemper Class of 1974 of Dekalb, Ms
-- Mary Coleman Welch
GOD Blessings for A fun and good friend that will truly be missed.
-- Pearl and John Clay
WE ARE VERY SAD AT THE PASSING OF OUR FRIEND AND FELLOW JOHN DEERE HARVESTER BUDDY. TOMMY, YOU WILL BE MISSED AND REMEMBERED FOR AS LONG AS OLD AGE ALLOWS US TO. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU THROUGH ETERNITY. WE HOPE TO SEEYOU AGAIN SOMEDAY. lOVE, STEVE AND LOUISE WATTERS
-- Steve and Louise Watters
TOMMY, YOU WILL BE MISS BY US AND MANY OTHERS. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU FROM ALL HARM. LOVE FROM STEVE AND LOUISE WATTERS
-- STEVE AND LOUISE WATTERS
I worked with Tommie in X-bldg. I was the material coord for his dept. He talked to me a lot after my husband had died unexpectaly 6 yrs ago, after we talked I always felt good. My prayers are with your family in this sad time.
-- Penny Machu
Tommie will be very missed. he was a fun person to work with. My prayers are with all the family.
-- Diana McIntire
We are so sorry for the Loss of your Love One and we are here if needed.
-- Mr. & Mrs. Carlos (Yogi) Murphy
I worked with Tommie in X bldg.He always had a smile on his face and a nice guy to talk to.I am sorry for your loss.
-- Carole Williams