Michael was preceded in death by both his parents, Earl and Geraldine Bates as well as his brother, Matt Bates.
He was survived by his loving wife, Barbara Bates; his children, Tina (Kevin) Terry, Leigh Anne Rodgers, Robin (John) Arnott, Michael Bates, and Christian Bates; his grandchildren, Allee, Ayden, Keigan, Makenna, Anakah, and Raelynn; his siblings, Colette Edwards, Loanne (Bill) Griffith, Kim Reiniger, Jackie (Mike) Fichera, Ray Bates, and Jill (Kenny) Hunt; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Michael was not afraid of working, a day in his life. However, his favorite job was the 11 years he spent at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS as an Outside Machinist, and Plate Labeler.
Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, Michael managed his illness with a strong hand and grace. He always wanted to spend as much time as possible with his wife, kids, and grandchildren. During his final days, he was surrounded by his wife and children, who he adored more than anything in this world.
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