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Oak Grove Cemetery
Monday March 29th, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Monday March 29th, 2021

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William "Marshall" Bates



William “Marshall” Bates, age 57, of Nebo, North Carolina, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021 after an extended illness. His loving family was at his side.


A native of McDowell County, he was born on November 14, 1963 to the late George L. Bates and Shirley R. Bates.


Marshall enjoyed working with his hands, and he was a talented woodworker. He was a carpenter by trade. He was a likeable guy who never met a stranger. Marshall always rooted for the underdogs in life and would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it.


He enjoyed motorcycles and fishing, but most of all, Marshall was a true family man. He had a special place in his heart for the babies in the family. Marshall, who had an extraordinary smile and a sparkle in his eye, will also be remembered as a lady’s man.


Marshall is survived by his six siblings, Debra Peters (Mike), Teresa Kelly, Linda Hensley (Donald), Betty Ward (Jesse), Tony Bates (Vicki), Rhonda Condrey (Shawn); nieces and nephews who will remember Marshall as a one of a kind uncle and friend, Wesley, Kyle, Bo, Jill, Brandon, Kayla, Devin, Josey, Hayden, Noah, Destiny, Navasha, Michael, and Jeff; and his special grandchildren, Khole, Anna, and Harper.


A memorial service to celebrate Marshall’s life will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service & Crematory at 11:00 a.m. with Pastors Dennis Hensley and T-Jay Addison officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.


Flowers are accepted and appreciated.




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Ashley Martin Oct 24 2021 8:02 PM

I just found out about Marshall. He was a big brother to me I. A time I needed it. Heart of gold. Rest well

Jack Thomas Oct 15 2021 9:26 AM

I'm so sorry about Marshall, I just found out he had passed. I went to school with him and he was always so full of life an fun. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol Davis Apr 19 2021 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry about Marshall. I just found out tonight he had passed away. We went to school together and was great friends. I hadnt seen him since school and often thought of him thru the years. I dont know how he found me but a few months ago he found me on Facebook and sent me a friend invite. I was so glad to hear from him. He was a super nice guy and I hate we lost touch all these years. Ill cherish our times in school and so glad he found me before he passed away. Prayers for his family. Im so sorry

Toni Hudgins Apr 4 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Marshall" Bates

Roger And Barbara Apr 1 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you so much

Linda Hensley Mar 30 2021 12:00 AM


All these years and all those memories, throughout it all I've always remembered you as "Uncle Marshall". So many years of my child hood has memories of you being there...I miss those years. And you will be missed as well. I truly hope that you left us as happy as I remember you were. Deep condolences to the family.

Jason Causby Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

Debra and family I am so sorry for the loss of your dear brother. I know your pain and heartbreak. My brother Dwight passed in 2016 he was 55. Remember hang onto the wonderful memories that you have, they will help with your grieving. Love and prayers for you and your family.

Debbie Hollifield Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Marshall" Bates

Louella Callahan Street Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

Dearest Family, sending my love and prayers to all, May God Bless you.

Felicia Frady Peek Mar 28 2021 12:00 AM

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