Raymond Richard Bates, age 62 of Franklin, Passed away at home March 2, 2021.
Richard, A lifetime resident of Macon County, was born to the late George and Maebelle bates. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Michael, and Mitchell.
Richard worked in the telephone industry and later delivered for Entemanns. His hobbies included puzzle books, playing cards and playing guitar. He loved reading westerns and watching TV. Richard was a pretty darn good shade tree mechanic. He walked everywhere he went and put many miles on his feet. He was one of a kind and will be missed by many.
He is survived by sisters, Kathy (Ann), Sarah and Sherri; brother, Shawn; children, Shane, Caleb, Aaron, and Nicholas, all of Franklin; and Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday March 9, 2021, 2 pm at Tellico Baptist Church.
Rev. Terry Wilkes will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Allen Wilkes, Benny Hampton, David Woods, Robert Sanders, Tommy Greenwood and Charles Bates
Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com