Ms. Eva Mae Bates of New Jersey and formerly of Halifax County died Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at the age of 72. 

Ms. Bates was born in Halifax County on Sept. 10, 1949 to the late Gordon Bates Sr. and Eva C. Bates. She was an educator for the Newark, New Jersey Board of Education for 30 years. 

Ms. Bates is survived by one son, Phillip D. Bates of Virginia Beach; four brothers, Earl Bates and Robert Bates (Queen), all of South Boston, James Bates of Danville and Arthur Bates of Albany, New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents, she was proceeded in death by one brother, Gordon Bates Jr.; and one sister, Dorothy. 

Funeral service for Ms. Eva Mae Bates will be Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home with the Rev. Louis Leigh Sr. officiating.

Burial will follow in Halifax Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 

Public viewing for family and friends will be one hour prior to service on Saturday. 

Funeral services are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.