Mr. Ralph M. Bates, 62, of McComb passed from this life July 5, 2019, at Post-Acute Medical Center in Hammond, La.

Visitation will be 9 a.m.  Wednesday until services at 11 at Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit. Burial will follow in the Progress Cemetery in McComb with Dr. David Millican officiating.

He was born June 9, 1957, in McComb to Dorothy McKee Bates and Vernon Bates. He was a member of Progress Baptist Church, but had recently been attending Central Baptist Church in McComb.

He enjoyed anything outdoors, going to Walmart and spending time with family and friends. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, fiancé, and friend.

Preceding him in death was his sister, Betty Sue Bates McGehee.

Survivors are his parents; his fiancé, Sherry Furtick of McComb; stepchildren, Erin Furtick and David Furtick and wife Duffy; stepgrandchildren, Katlyn Furtick and Kelsi Hiles; and a host of family and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Deaconess Home Health & PAM Specialty Hospital, and to Russanna and Don Lindley.

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