Mrs. Helen Johnson Bates of Philpot Road, South Boston died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 78.

Mrs. Bates was born in Chestang, Alabama, on Aug. 26, 1940 to Mr. Frank Johnson Sr. and Mrs. Nellie Williams Johnson.

She was married to the late Mr. Lazarus Bates and was a member of Dan River Bethel Baptist Church and was also active with St. Paschal Catholic Church.

Mrs. Bates is survived by nine children, Kenny Rawlinson, Lester Rawlinson, Andre Rawlinson, Anthony Rawlinson, Vonderleria Ross, Clarence Hall Jr., Ericka Dennis, Ronald Hall and Kenan Massey; five daughters-in-law, Michelle Massey, Diane Rawlinson, Laura Rawlinson, Michonne Rawlinson and Jackie Hall; (45) grandchildren; (45) great-grandchildren; one brother, Bobby Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Judy Johnson and Minnie Johnson; four stepchildren, Alvin Elliott, Albert Elliott, Tammy Buster and Tracey Coleman; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.    

In addition to her husband and parents, her children, Christopher Rawlinson and Linda Hall, one grandson, Andre King, and four siblings, Wilhemenia Roberson, Willie D. Johnson, Frank Johnson and Charlenia Hall, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bates will be Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Dan River Bethel Baptist Church, South Boston, with the Rev. Dwight L. Wilkerson as eulogist and Father Rogelio Largoza of St. Paschal Catholic Church, South Boston.

Burial will be in the Heritage Family Cemetery, Waldorf, Maryland, at a later date.

Public viewing for family and friends was Tuesday, July 16, 2019, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family is receiving friends at the residence, 5069 Philpot Road, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.