Donald A. Bates 58

Published 8:37 am Monday, August 30, 2010

PAMPLIN – Donald Alan Bates, 58, of Pamplin, died Friday, August 27, 2010, in UVA Medical Center. He was the husband of Cathy Baldwin Bates.

Born in Newport News on January 12, 1952, he was a son of Clara Ethel Taylor Bates of Appomattox and the late Charles T. Bates. He was a member of Elon Baptist Church and an avid Minnesota Vikings, UVA, and NASCAR fan. He was a for-mer employee of Thomasville Furniture and a self-employed painting contractor.

In addition to his wife and mother he is survived by a son, Derek Bates and wife, Luda of Pittsburgh, PA; three daughters, Amy Bates and Andrea Morris both of Concord, and Ashley Sandman and husband, Matt of Appomattox; four grandchildren, Kayleigh Morris, Caleb Bates, Abiel Bates and expected baby Sandman; two brothers, Carroll Vandegrift and wife, Wanda of Pamplin and Thomas Bates and wife, Brenda of Appomattox; and a sister, Sandra Burden and husband, Larry of Taft CA.

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Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 31, at Elon Baptist Church, Pamplin, by the Rev. Josh Tompkins with burial in the Pamplin Cemetery.

Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation Service served the family and an online condolence may be sent at