QUANAH – Thomas (Tommy) Victor Bates, Jr., age 70, of Quanah died on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Quanah. Graveside services will be held at 2 pm Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at Quanah Memorial Park with Rev. Wayne Hollinshead officiating. Interment will be under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
Bates was born Feb. 23, 1944 to the late Thomas (Vic) Bates, Sr. and Mary Daniels Bates in Childress. He retired as the custodian for the Quanah Independent School District. He had been a resident of Quanah since 1976 and was a longtime Quanah Indian fan. He was an avid golfer and member of the First Christian Church.
He is survived by his sister, Vicki Holt of Quanah; one nephew, two nieces and seven great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday at Smith Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Quanah and the Hardeman County Memorial Hospital.