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Benjamin Elbert Bates

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Benjamin was born on February 23, 1932 and passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Benjamin was a resident of Bluefield, Virginia at the time of passing.

He Graduated from Graham High School and Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia Ben earned a degree in business administration from Concord College in Athens, West Virginia. He continued with advanced studies in business from the University of Maryland.

Benjamin was married to Barbara Morgan Bates.

Ben will be greatly missed by family and friends, and his loyalty to both not forgotten. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Bluefield, Virginia. Friends may visit with family at 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church organ funds or mission projects.