May 01, 2019


William Lavan Bates
October 11, 1968 - April 29, 2019

William Lavan Bates, age 50 and a resident of Pine, died Monday evening April 29, 2019 at his home after a lengthy illness. He always enjoyed being in the great outdoors and loved to collect Eagle statues, pictures and other items.

Survived by: Wife: Nancy Millien Bates of Pine; Daughter: Victoria “Tory” Craft of Thomas; Son: Beau Quinton Mizell and McKenna Smith of Bogalusa; Grandson: Braxton Doyle Mizell; Brother: Dennis Eugene Bates of Bogalusa; Also numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his mother Mildred L. Jenkins Creel, father Bunyan Eugene Bates, a brother Keith Earl Bates, his grandparents and other family members.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Thursday May 2nd from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 2:00 pm Thursday with Bro. Billy Reyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Van Jenkins Family Cemetery.

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