Wayne Bates – Benton, IL

Wayne Bates, 70, of Benton, passed away at 8:17 a.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at his home in Benton surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 7, 1953, to Herbert and Floya (Smith) Bates in Calhoun, Kentucky. Wayne retired as a Warehouse Manager for Knight Hawk Coal Mine, after working in the Coal Mining business for 50 years. On September 24, 1977, he married the former Carol Ruzich, and she survives.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Wayne enjoyed golfing and sharing stories with his friends.

Wayne is survived by his loving spouse, Carol Bates; his daughter, Kylie Bates of Benton; two grandchildren, Dymin Williams and Aliya Barkley; two sisters, Nelda Martin of Newburg, IN and Brenda Markwell of Bremen, KY; and special friends, Scott and Jean Ann Turner and Paula and Eric Funk.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Floya Bates; one son, Kye Wayne Bates; one sister, Joyce Nichols; and one brother, Troyce Bates.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main Street, Benton, IL

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 11:30 a.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with the Reverend Joe Daniels, officiating.
Following the funeral service, burial will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

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