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Ronald C. Bates

Easley, SC

Ronald Carl Bates, 80, husband of the late Emma Davis Bates, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late Carl Bates and Gloria Seagle Maw.

Mr. Bates was retired owner in the heating and air industry. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Greenville and a lifetime member of the Brandon Masonic Lodge #279 A.F.M. where he was Past Worshipful Master and a 32nd degree Scottish Rites KCCH. He enjoyed shopping on television and in his younger years, drag racing. He proudly served his country in the US Army.

Surviving are a son, James Karl Bates (Leisa) of Greer; daughters, Paula Bates Fortenberry (Leland) of Campobello, and Victoria Bates Griffin (Alan) of Evans, CO; thirteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a step brother, David Nelson Bates of Raleigh, NC; and a step sister, Elaine Wade of Lebanon, TN.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Christine Bates Pace; sisters, Donna Courtamanche and Sherian Ann Welsh; and a brother, Richard Virgil Bates.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, September 16, 2021 in Graceland East Memorial Park, 2206 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Upstate Community Hospice House-Agape Care, 260 Fairwinds Drive, Landrum, SC 29356 or The Scottish Rite Center, Rite Care, 817 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC 29601 or scottishrite.org/giving/

The family will be at their respective homes.

Visit RobinsonFuneralHomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley

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The September 21st meeting is scheduled to start at 7:15 to conduct business.
Per the The Grand Lodge Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, all Scottish Rite meetings and associated meetings and events are now operating in full form, but still have in-place safety measures to keep our members safe from COVID-19.
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About the Valley of Greenville

Welcome, Brothers, to the Greenville Scottish Rite’s web site where you will find information about the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, the John I. Smith Rite Care Center, and, and the Greenville Valley.

The Greenville Bodies normally meet jointly at the Scottish Rite Center on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:15 PM. Visiting Scottish Rite Masons are invited to attend the monthly meetings. Admission is by current Scottish Rite dues card.

The Greenville Scottish Rite Center serves about 1,700 members in Upstate South Carolina. The facility, erected in 1974, serves four bodies: The Greenville Lodge of Perfection, the Greenville Chapter Rose Croix, the Greenville Council of Kadosh, and the Greenville Consistory. The Greenville Valley is affiliated with the Orient of South Carolina of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States which was established in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1801. The Supreme Council is located at the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C.

We hold a 50/50 raffle at each meeting to raise money for the Rite Care Center!

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