A memorial service for Billie Dale Bates of Exeter will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 at the Church at Kaweah, 44069 North Fork Drive in Kaweah. Private family graveside services were held at Church at Kaweah Cemetery.

He was a committed Christian man, loving and devoted father, a hard working man, a leader in his church. Loved and respected by all who had the good fortune to know him. He never met a stranger.

A New Mexico native, he moved to California in 1966. He has gone to be with Jesus in a perfect world. His memory will live on with us.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Evelyn; sons, Bill and Jack; four grandchildren, Matthew, Eric, Kristin and Kyle.

On-line condolences may be made at www.smithfamilychapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Chapel, Exeter.

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