Clifford R. Bates of Marshfield, Missouri was born to LeRoi and Willie (Cox) Bates on November 5, 1940 in Littlefield, Texas and passed away on September 21, 2022 age of 81 years.
He was a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.
In 1963, he moved to West Plains, Missouri to teach high school band. In 1968, he moved to St. James, Missouri to work at the Boys Town of Missouri (BTM), and shortly thereafter earned his Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Lincoln University.
When he retired from BTM, he and Renee became full time RVers, eventually settling in Marshfield, Missouri in 2006.
Music was always in his soul. He taught choir at BTM, directed choir at the St. James Methodist Church for many years and orchestrated the music for many St. James Little Theater productions. He never missed an opportunity to play any instrument in a performance, especially his beloved euphonium. When he and Renee moved to Marshfield, he joined their choir at the First Baptist Church, where he enjoyed singing very much.
He and Renee celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2016, before her death in October that year.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Renee (Armstrong) Bates; parents, LeRoi (Buddy) Bates and Willie Bates; brother, Ronald Bates; mother and father-in-law, Edwin and Ruby Armstrong.
He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Cornman (Wes) of Marshfield Missouri; son, Scott Bates (Brandie) of Clarksville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Ensign Garrett Cornman (active duty Navy), Jacob Cornman, Nathan Burns, Victoria Bates, Kimberlee Bates, Alistair Bates, Adrianna Burcham, and Brittney Burcham; great grandchild, Michael Catron Jr; sister, Linda Eades of West Plains, Missouri; and nieces, Candy Simien of Texas, Jaylynn Moushon (Bruce) and Cynthia Lee (Troy) and their families, all of West Plains, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Clifford was buried on September 30, 2022, next to his wife at the Howell Valley Cemetery in West Plains, Missouri. The burial was attended by family and friends.
Arrangements under the direction of Holden Cremation and Funeral Services in Sparta, Missouri.