Martelia Irene Bates, age 90, of Mt. Juliet, TN, died Sept. 24, 2016 at Carrick Glen Senior Living. She was a former resident of Rutland Place.
Mrs. Bates was born on July 13, 1926, in a log cabin on Guill Road in Mt. Juliet, and except for a few years in Nashville, she resided in Mt. Juliet most of her life. During World War II, Mrs. Bates was a telephone operator while a student at Mt. Juliet High School, where she graduated in 1945. The story she wrote about that experience is archived at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA. Mrs. Bates was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet for 73 years, where she belonged to the Sonshiners Group. A homemaker, she was also a babysitter for several children in Mt. Juliet over the years. She loved quilting, crocheting, tatting, sewing, cooking and growing vegetables. She never drove a car during her lifetime.
Mrs. Bates was the daughter of the late, Arthur and Johnnie Lee Bond Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Dean Bates who died on December 24, 1996.
She is survived by daughters, Bonnie Bates, Diane Bennett and Patricia Bates, brother, James E. Smith, grandson, Zachary (Audrey)Bennett, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 at Bond Memorial Chapel with David Fallin and Jim Bell officiating.
Active Pallbearers will be Zack Bennett, Charles Thurman, Kenneth Bates, Barry Bates, Elmer Conatser and Larry Joyner.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Sonshiners Group Fund at First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet, 735 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, and 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN.