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1933 Billie 2021

Billie Carol Bates

March 7, 1933 — June 11, 2021

Billie C. Bates, 88, of Ocoee, Tennessee, departed this life on June 11, 2021, surrounded by her beloved family.

Ms. Billie was preceded in death by her loving husband, J.C. Bates; parents, Englewood and Haley Watts; siblings, Margaret Hall, Theresa Gregg, Patsy Meyers, Carl Watts, Phillip “Bull” Watts, and Sue Gregg.

Loved ones left to honor her legacy include her current husband, David Puckett and her five loving children, Margaret Wix, Marilyn Bates, Gayle Taylor (Dean Carver), Mitchell (Joan) Bates, and Eric (Julie) Bates; adored grandchildren, Andrew “Drew” Taylor, Mickey (Kalyn) Bates, Sydney (Kason) Harmon, Jacob Bates, and Emily Graham; great-grandson, Braxton Taylor; sister, Sandra Brown.

A Celebration of Life graveside service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Greasy Creek Cemetery with her family serving as pallbearers.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Higgins Funeral Home of Benton.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Service

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Starts at 5:30 pm (Eastern time)

Greasy Creek Cemetery

, Reliance, TN 37369

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