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James Douglas Bates

ALTHA - James Douglas Bates, 74, of Altha, went to heaven at 1 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 at Jackson Hospital in Marianna. He was born June 27, 1942 to Clarence Bates and Rena Burke Bates in the Shelton’s Corner area of Altha where he resided his entire life.

He married Shirley Faye Womble on Aug. 12, 1961 and worked as a carpenter most of his life,  building houses while raising his only daughter. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and all around outdoorsman that shared his love of the outdoors with countless children of his friends and family. He also served as a deacon for Camp Head Assembly of God Church in Altha until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Shirley Faye Bates; his daughter, Cassie Whiddon Ridley and her husband, Jeremy; his grandson, Triton Marcus Ridley; a granddaughter, Payton Rose Ridley; and countless nephews, nieces and friends.

Celebration of life services will be held Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. CT at Camp Head Assembly of God Church located at 24831 NW Church Road, Altha, FL 32421.

In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to Camp Head Assembly of God Church.

Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. You may offer the family condolences online at

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May 10th, 2017



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