Funeral services for Lucille Bates, 98, are scheduled for September 24th at 11AM at Day Funeral Home Chapel. The burial will follow at Willowhole Cemetery. Bros. C.L. Garey and Dennis Ivey will officiate. A visitation is scheduled for September 23rd from 5 – 7PM at Day Funeral Home Chapel.
Lucille was born on January 3, 1913 in North Zulch to Hance V. and Etta Buckhaults McGill. She received both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters Degree in education from Sam Houston State Teacher’s College and taught school for a total of 33 years in Madison and Grimes Counties.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ford Brooks Bates; and her brother, Fred McGill.
Lucille was a member of the Madisonville United Methodist Church where she took an active part as Sunday school teacher for eleven years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women. Lucille enjoyed traveling, her extended family, and researching her family’s genealogy as well as Madison County history. Lucille loved writing and was the author of two books: Walter McGill, Preacher and Penman and Confederate Veterans of Madison County. She truly made the best chocolate pie in the county.
Lucille was a member of the Madison County Historical Commission, Madison County Genealogical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), McDonald-Sloan Ch. #2460 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and the Retired Teacher’s Association.
Survivors include her two sons, Charles and his wife, Judi of Midway and Billy Don and his wife, Marian of Houston. Her grandchildren include, Russell Bates and his wife, Maribeth of Huntsville, with their children, Austin, Dylan and Kylie; Heath Bates of Huntsville; Chelsea and her husband, David Legate with her child, Colin Bates Paschall of Pearland; Sheri Bates and her child, Samuel Sonnenburg of Austin.
Also surviving are a niece Joyce McGill Shupak and her husband, Dean along with their children of Austonio and a sister-in-law, Joyce McGill also of Austonio. Lucille also had step-grandchildren, Jeri Lynn Silva of Idaho and Ronnie Lee Sharp of Montana; as well as Dr. Frank Goerner of Galveston; Amanda Goerner of Houston, 3rd Class Petty Officer John Goerner and his wife Kaeci of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Lucille was blessed to have these step-great grandchildren, Kenna Lynn Smith of Idaho, Billy Sharp and Jerry Sharp of Montana. Included are the step-great-great grandchildren, Devin and Akin Smith of Idaho, Aryana Drake and William Isaiah Goerner of Virginia Beach.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of the Madisonville Assisted Living Facility and the staff of the Riverwood Nursing Home and especially to the hospice nurses and doctors at the Odyssey House in Conroe.
Pallbearers are Timothy Burr, Ray Spivey, Dean Shupak, Elliot Lansford, La Vern Eason, and Jim Fraley.
With an honest approach, quality service, and affordable prices, Day Funeral Home is proud to have been a part of Madisonville and the surrounding communities since 1903.
We encourage you to stop by Day Funeral Home at 514 East Main Street or call (936) 348-2621 with any questions, you may have.