Carole Frances Wunderlin Bates, age 79, of Athens, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Starr Regional Medical Center.
Carole was a native of Pittsburgh, PA and formerly of Manassas Park, VA, She was a resident of McMinn County for over 20 years. She is a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Miller Wunderlin. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Bates, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
Carole was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Athens. She retired from BB&T Bank in VA where she worked as a bank operations assistant.
Carole is survived by
Daughters Dr. Teresa Frank and husband John of Carlisle, PA, Rebecca Bratcher of Bealeton, VA, and Deborah King and husband Keith of Tacoma, WA;
Sons Brian Bates of Athens, and Christopher Bates and wife Amanda of Bristow, VA;
Sister Margaret “Peggy” Bachman and husband Jim of West Sunbury, PA;
Brothers Robert Wunderlin of Pittsburgh, PA and Michael Wunderlin of Woodbridge, VA;
Grandchildren Suzanne Jefferies, Alexander King, Matthew Frank, Ashleigh Bates, Constance Bratcher, Katherine King, Michael Bates, Jessica Bratcher, Francesca Bates, Gwen Frank.
There will a Memorial Mass at 10 AM, Wednesday February 3 at St. Mary Catholic Church.
Burial will be at 1:30 PM, Wednesday February 3 at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville with Rev. Dr. John Arthur Orr officiating.
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