87 year old Elmer Bates of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was retired from General Motors and a member of the Covenant Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bobby Thomason will officiate and burial will be in the Bates Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Bates was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Bates of Nashville and Darryl and Betty Clark of Kentucky. One granddaughter, Brenda and husband Ross Cunningham of Kentucky. Two great grandchildren, Brooklyn and Garrett Cunningham and special friend, Jean Love of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.