David B. Bates • February 18, 2019
David B. Bates, age 67 of Pensacola. Florida died on February 18, 2019. A service celebrating his life will be at 12Noon on Thursday, February 28 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. A time of gathering will be one hour before the service. Inurnment with military honors will be at 1:30PM at Barrancas National Cemetery with Chaplain Ken Griffin and his son Jason A. Bates officiating.
David was born on February 14, 1952 in Muncie, Indiana to Sidney Bates and Edna Ruth Hardwick. He served his country in the United States Air Force and retired from the civil service. If not at Lowe’s or Home Depot, he could be found at home where he loved to spend time with his family, particularly his grandchildren whom he absolutely adored. If he wasn’t upgrading something around the house or in the yard, chances are he was doing woodworking in the garage building a new chair, table or even a bunk bed. It was in his garage where his friends and neighbors stopped by on weekends to work on various projects or just spend hours shooting the breeze.
David is survived by his wife of 46 years Shere Bates; son Jason A. Bates; daughter Elizabeth Gwaltney; grandchildren Damen Bates, David “Jax” Bates, Bryant Gwaltney, Kendra R. Gwaltney and Gabriel Parker. He is also survived by his brothers Don R. Bates and Bruce A. Bates and sisters Susan M. Combs and Pat R. Robinson. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Sid G. Bates.
In Lieu of Flowers, the family request you make donations to the American Cancer Society.