Robert William “Bob” Bates Jr. of Vernon Hill passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. He was born in Halifax County on Aug. 4, 1963 and was 57 years of age. He was the son of Robert William Bates Sr. and Helen C. Bates who survive. He was married to Tammy S. Bates who survives.

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Bob loved the outdoors and golfing, and he will be remembered as a loving son, husband and father.

Robert William “Bob” Bates Jr. is survived by his parents, Robert and Helen C. Bates of Vernon Hill; his wife, Tammy S. Bates of Scottsburg; and his children, Robbie Bates of South Boston and Coby Bates of Scottsburg.

A graveside service will be held Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Hanson officiating.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, South Boston.