Ada — Services for Thelma Janie Bates, 91, of Ada, are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the New Life Pentecostal Church in Ada. The Rev. Bill Daniels and William Arrington will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. today at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bates died Monday, May 12, 2014, at her home.
She was born Feb. 24, 1923, at Durant to Thomas Dewey and Minnie Lee Owens Russell. She attended Caddo School.
She married Claud Raymond Bates on Sept. 30, 1939, in Durant. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1988.
Mrs. Bates was a homemaker and a member of the New Life Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include her children, M. D. Bates of Ada, Gertrude Taylor of Denison, Texas, Claud Bates and Bobby Joe Bates, both of Durant, Judith Ann Taylor of Denison, and Judith Kay Jones of Ada; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claud Bates; a son, Ronnie Dale Bates; and a granddaughter, Betty N. Ragsdale.
Bearers will be Anthony Pelts, Lynn Pelts, Timothy Bates, David Jones, Dustin Taylor and Ricky Bates. Honorary bearers will be Troy Cox, Jonathan Woods, Dakota Pelts, Matthew Dorrsett and Taylor Dorrsett.