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David Michael Bates


David Michael Bates, age 48, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at his home, after a long and courageous battle with his health.

He is now at peace with his Lord Jesus with no more worries or pain. David loved the Lord and his family and friends. He was always there for someone in need and could always be counted on for a kind word or support during troubling times. He also was hilarious, and never at a loss for a witty joke or remark. David loved music, and was an accomplished singer-songwriter, who had the privilege to record in Nashville several years ago, with a song that went to 25 on the Power Source Christian Country chart. He played in several bands in the area for many years.  David was a 1991 graduate of Patrick Henry High School, and a 1995 graduate of Emory and Henry College, where he played football and earned his bachelor’s degree in education. He taught Alternative Education and Social Studies in Grayson County schools for several years, where he loved his students and always worked hard to help them achieve their goals.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Bates.

David is survived by his wife, Brooke Bates; daughter, Sage both of the home;  son, Druid Caudill and partner, Brittney Cunningham; granddaughter, Addy; mother, Bonnie Orr Bates; brother, Butch Bates and wife, Ginny; niece, Katy Davis; many loving cousins, aunts and uncles.

A private memorial will be held at a later date

To share memories of David Michael Bates, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for David’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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David and I graduated high school together. He was such a nice and funny guy. So sorry to learn of his passing. Prayers for all the family.

Sylvia Casey Sullivan Nov 29 2021 12:00 AM

Sheriff Blake Andis and the Members of the Washington County Sheriffs Office would like to express their sympathy in the death of David Bates. If our Sheriffs Office can be of assistance to you during your time of sadness, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sheriff Andis and Members of the Washington County Sheriffs Office

Sheriff Blake Andis Nov 29 2021 12:00 AM

Very sorry to hear David passed on. It was an Honor and Privilege to have known him and had the opportunity to be a part of his care. He will be missed, but take comfort in that he left all of us something to be inspired by. Brad Fry Royal Oak Teammates

Brad Fry Nov 26 2021 12:00 AM

I was one of Mr Bates students in middle school at Grayson County. It was always a good time in his class he made learning interesting and also made it fun. He was an awesome teacher and I'm sure an amazing person out of school. Thank you for all you've done.

Justin Norfolk Nov 25 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of David Bates

Justin Norfolk Nov 25 2021 12:00 AM

I enjoyed time spent with David while he was a student at PHHS. In recent years, I was glad to meet him again as he played music. My condolences to the family. He was a good man. David Winship

David Winship Nov 25 2021 12:00 AM

We graduated together lots of memories he sure was a good person. Prayers to the family

Jamey rhea Nov 25 2021 12:00 AM

Brooke and Sage ...so sorry to hear about David. You all are in my thoughts and prayers for the days ahead. Much love. Tabbetha Jennings Haynes

Tabbetha Barker Haynes Nov 24 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of David Bates

Tabbetha Barker Haynes Nov 24 2021 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear of his passing, I went to school with him, he was such a nice person! My thoughts & prayers are with the family!

Rosemary Holley Nov 24 2021 12:00 AM

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