Oran Bates, 81, of Harker Heights, Texas formerly of San Saba, Texas passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Indian Creek Nursing Home in Harker Heights. Oran was born on October 8, 1929 in San Saba to Doc Elbert Bates and Iva Lela Prickett Bates. Oran was a Laborer and was a member of the Baptist church.
Oran is survived by his wife, Avis Bates of Harker Heights; sons, Gregg Cooley of Harker Heights; Oran Bates Jr. and wife Allison of Dallas; Michael Bates and wife Missie of Spearman; daughters, Laura Bates and husband, Roger Hamrick of Blanket; Crystal Bates and husband, Johnny Bocanegra of Harker Heights; Mary Bates of Eden; Betty Ramirez of San Angelo; grandchildren, Reagan Johnson, Alyssa Hamrick, Roger Hamrick Jr., Breanna Lawson, Kenneth Lawson, and 18 other grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother Jack Bates and wife, Lillie of Deleon; several nieces and nephews. Oran was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Burl Bates, one sister, Gladys Bates.
Visitation was on Friday, June 10, 2011 at Howell Doran Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 2:00 PM Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Howell Doran Funeral Home with Rev. Sam Crosby officiating. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Hillcrest Cemetery.