Nan B. Bates

  • Born: December 14, 1935
  • Died: September 12, 2020
  • Location: Summerville, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel

2180 Greenridge Road
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tel. (843) 572.2339

Tribute & Message From The Family


Nan B. Bates, 84, widow of Johnnie F. Bates, Sr. passed away at home after a long illness on September 12, 2020. A private memorial service will be held at J. Henry Stuhr, Northwoods Chapel.

Nan was the former owner and operator of Bates Answering Service for many years. She was a devout Christian and long time member of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Charleston, SC. Later in life Nan resided in Summerville, SC. She loved to travel and made many friends on her trips, but she was also happy to return home to family.

Nan is survived by her daughter, Brenda Bates Bazemore of Savannah, GA; sons, Johnnie F. Bates, Jr. of Jedburg, SC and Michael K. Bates of Summerville, SC; three grandsons: Jonathan E. Bazemore (Cynthia) of Guyton, GA, Brandon E. Bazemore (Michele) of Rincon, GA, Alan F. Bates (Jennifer) of Summerville, SC; and five great granddaughters: Sydney E. Bazemore, Anna G. Bazemore, Peyton R. Bazemore, Katie Bazemore, and Carlie Bazemore all of Savannah, GA.

Nan was the matriarch of the Bates family and was greatly loved. She will be sorely missed.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, P. O. Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bates( and Birt/Grubbs Families),
Sorry to hear of Nan's passing and for your precious and irreplaceable loss of life as I know a mother's healing hand, love and touch can never be replaced. Nan's mother Julia Iris Grubbs Birt was an older sister of my father, Algie Morgan Grubbs (my father was the baby of 15 children!). While it has been many decades since I last saw the Ashley Birt family and your mother (my first cousin) and father, I can vividly see the image of Aunt Iris in your mother's photo. Your aunt Gloria and I were both born in 1945 and shared many bonds during our learning and growing in the Barnwell County environment. During my formative education in Barnwell, college days at Clemson and during my military career, I was able to visit most of my cousins, including your mother and father, before I moved from SC. I will always fondly remember them and always enjoyed the annual Grubbs' reunions as it was a delight to see everyone. May God's merciful hand guide each of you as you lovingly remember the sterling legacy of your mother. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Earl Grubbbs - Cranberry Township, PA - Family   September 18, 2020

Brenda - I was reading the newspaper when I came across the notice of your mother's passing. Reading the write up, I quickly recognized your name and the names of Jonathan and Brandon. I was your next door neighbor in Savannah, Georgia for 2 years. Jonathan played with my children, Juli and Bubba many times.
Please know I am thinking of you.

Debbie Baker

Posted by Debra Baker - Summerville, SC - Acquaintance   September 16, 2020

to the family of Nan
Anita and lucky wish to extend our most sincere condolences. we are deeply sadden on your loss.

Posted by forrest jones - ravenel, SC - Friend   September 14, 2020

I first met Nan when she began attending Bethany United Methodist in Summerville. She and I were pewmates in Church at the 11:15 services.
She joined our small Sunday School Class called "Kate Howard Cross Class" and we all enjoyed her friendship immensely. She and I talked by phone for many years and when I called monthly to remind her of our Senior Adults group, "Happy Hearts" meetings she would attend and we shared a table with other Sunday Class members, I will remember her for her sweet personality and her sweet singing voice..she made a difference in our class!!
Rest in Peace, my friend.

Posted by Carolyn English - Summerville, SC   September 14, 2020


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