In loving memory

Meador Funeral Home – Whitesboro

Visitation –

Thursday, June 1, 2023 – 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Meador Funeral Home

401 Hwy 377 North

Whitesboro, TX 76273

Graveside Service –

Thursday, June 1, 2023 – 2:00 PM

Oakwood Cemetery

1394 W. Main St.

Whitesboro, TX 76273


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James Leo Bates, 97, of Sadler, Texas was called home to his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 28, 2023.

Leo was born on May 10, 1926 in Tioga, Texas to Rev. James Dewey and Pet (Wimberly) Bates.  He was a member of Union Street Church of Christ in Whitesboro.  He enjoyed painting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Pet Bates, daughter, Phyllis White, and brother, George Bates and brother, Dalton Bates.

He is survived by his son, Richard Anthony Bates of Sadler; son, James Leroy Bates of Carrolton; daughter, Debbie Mills of Angleton, TX; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

Graveside services honoring Leo will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at Oakwood Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Rick Carney.  A time of visitation will be held at Meador Funeral Home on Thursday June 1, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.