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Obituary for Carol Townsend Bates (Roper)

Carol Roper Townsend Bates, 94, of Franklin, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, April 16.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Leland Barnard and Mary Welch Roper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, MB Townsend and William Bates; two brothers, James and Jack Roper; and her beloved sister-in laws Jewel & Wilma.

She was a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who loved her family, friends, flowers, animals, and traveling. Carol worked with motor vehicles most of her life; working in the tag office and later with her son at Longview Cycles. She enjoyed sewing and planting flower gardens. The last decade of her life was spent in Alaska as a caregiver for her dear friend G.M. Miller, who is now deceased. Mrs. Bates attended Olive Hill Church and was a past member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

She is survived by a son, Michael Douglas Townsend of Franklin, NC; daughter, Constance Elaine Townsend of Arden, NC; 8 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at Olive Hill Church in Franklin at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Teen Challenge of the Smokies, PO Box 2157, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.