Curry Gene Bates

Monday, November 30, 2015

Curry Gene Bates, 78, of Shell Knob, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. He was born Oct. 20, 1937, in Exeter at home. He was the son of Hugh and Geneva (Curry) Bates. He was the grandson of Ross and Mertie (Hodges) Curry and Charley Sam and Ida Jane Barr Bates all of Exeter, at the time of birth. His parents and grandparents have passed away and all are buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Exeter. He is survived by one sister, Karen (Bates) Courdin of Springdale, Ark., and his wife of over 50 years, Irene Bates, of the home.

On April 20, 1959, Curry was married to the love of his life, Irene (Henson) Bates, who survives him. To this union two children were born, Charles Vincent Bates, (deceased) and Brian Gene Bates, of Springfield. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Tina and Ashley Bates, of Springfield. He attended Exeter Grade School. He graduated from Cassville High School in May of 1956. He served in the U.S. Army and in 1960 joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, from which he retired in 1990.

During this time he attended many college classes and schools. After retirement Curry and Irene returned to this area and lived in Shell Knob. During this time they owned B and L Outlet in Shell Knob. Mr. Bates was a Master Mason and was raised to the Third Degree in August of 1962 at Orient Lodge No 546 in Kansas City, Missouri. After moving to Shell Knob, he joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin, and was a 32 Degree Mason. Later, he joined the Abu Ben Adhem Shrine in Springfield and the Shell Knob Shrine Club in Shell Knob. He was also a member of the Bridgeview Masonic Lodge in Shell Knob. Curry and Irene were very active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was a long time member of the Foe In Sugar Creek Eagles Club. He was a charter member of the Mt. Vernon Eagles Club. He was a long time member of the Foe Eagles Club 4155 in Shell Knob. He had served in most of the offices, including six times as president.

Curry and Irene loved to travel and had been to many countries they could only dream of as children. He was a life-long birder and also loved the Southern Missouri Ozarks and had traveled over most of it in the past 60 years by foot, on a bicycle, a motor scooter in the 1950s and in the 1960s and 1970s on motor cycles, and since then in a 4 wheel drive vehicle. He also had a great love of music and loved to target shoot any type of firearm.

Curry always said his last thought would be of his wife Irene and their wonderful and long life together, and of their many adventures in life. The Bates and Henson families are pioneer families in Southwest Missouri and Barry County.

Burial will be in the family plot by his grandfather Charley Sam Bates at Maplewood Cemetery in Exeter, which was his wish, and to be joined by Irene later.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Pastor Doyle Russell conducted the services. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery.

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