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May 30, 2019


Carolyn McNabb Bates
December 14, 1941 - May 29, 2019

Carolyn McNabb Bates, age 77, left this earth to be with her Lord on May 29, 2019. Born December 14, 1941, she was a lifetime resident of Kentwood, Louisiana and a graduate of Greensburg High School, class of 1959. She married her husband, Fernie Lamar Bates on November 27, 1962, and has been married to him for 57 years. She retired from East Louisiana State Hospital in Jackson, La after 25 years of employment. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a friend to many. Listening to gospel music was one of her favorite pastimes. There was no doubt that she loved her family and she loved her Lord.

Preceded in death by her parents, JB and Mittie Alford McNabb; brother, Gerald McNabb; twin sister, Katherine McNabb; and nephew, Mark McGregor.

She is survived by her husband, Fernie Lamar Bates; two sons, Timothy, wife Laura, and Johnny, fiancé Maria; three grandchildren, Barrett (Becky), Lance (Kortnie), and Chelsea; four great grandchildren, Alyvia, John David, Kynlie, and Rylee; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Services will be at New Zion Baptist Church, 3841 Highway 38, Kentwood, La. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 31, from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Saturday, June 1, from 8:00 AM until Religious Services at  11:00 AM with Brother Leroy McElveen officiating. Burial will follow at New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family would like to express our thanks to special caregiver, Schnell Pounds. We would also like to thank Camelot Community Care and North Oaks Medical Center for their outstanding care as well.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery fund.

McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.

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